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Apr 7, 2015

Teenager Drowns Near Bermudian Landing

Frederick Gordon

A teenager lost his life over the weekend in a drowning accident in the Belize River Valley.  The seventeen-year-old was reportedly spending his Saturday afternoon with a group of friends swimming near Bermudian Landing when he went under and did not resurface.  Despite desperately clinging on to a friend’s arm, Christian Valentin, a resident of Belize City, submerged in the water.  Valentin’s lifeless body was later found floating in the Belize River.  This morning, Inspector Frederick Gordon shared a few details of the tragic incident with the media.

 

Insp. Frederick Gordon, Rural Executive Officer

“Over the weekend, we had one drowning incident. On Saturday, the fourth of April sometime about twelve-thirty p.m., thereabout, police received information that one Christian went swimming by where the old Bermudian Landing Ferry was and the person submerged and couple hours later, his body was recovered and taken to the Karl Heusner where it now awaits a post mortem.”

 

Reporter

“What’s his last name and age?”

 

Insp. Frederick Gordon

“He is seventeen years old Christian Valentin.”

 

Reporter

“From what area? Where does he live?

 

Insp. Frederick Gordon

“From Belize City, a Belize City address.”

 

Reporter

“And the time exactly when it happened?”

 

Insp. Frederick Gordon

“They said he went swimming about one o’clock, thereabout, about one p.m.”

 

Reporter

“He was along with other people?”

 

Insp. Frederick Gordon

“Our investigation reveals we got statements from the person that he was along with, who said that he went into the water. They went there to bathe and he just jumped into the water and we understand that he couldn’t swim and the same fella went to save him. But during the course of him trying to save him, the guy tried to pull him and apparently he got released and the person submerged under the water and then he didn’t surface.”

 

Reporter

“Do you know if they were drinking?”

 

Insp. Frederick Gordon

“Well we have nothing as such to indicate that.”

 

A Honduran national also lost his life on Saturday afternoon after he went swimming in the Bladen River. The body of Jose Luis Lieva of Camp six in Trio Village was retrieved and transported to the Southern Regional Hospital where it awaits a postmortem examination.

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