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Apr 18, 2017

Brothers suffocate in Orange Walk farm well

Two brothers perished in a well on their family farm on Good Friday in Tower Hill,  Orange Walk. The Coyock brothers were cleaning out an old well when one of them started to suffocate and the other tried to help. Unfortunately, neither of the brothers survived the incident. While the details of the post-mortem have not been disclosed, it is suspected that the brothers suffocated. Despite quick action from the A.S.R./B.S.I. team and assistance from other agencies, there was nothing that could be done to save the brothers lives. News Five’s Andrea Polanco spoke with one of the first responders today.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Two brothers, twenty six year old JeovanyCoyock and forty-one year old Isidro Coyock- died here at their family farm in the Goat Hill Area of Tower Hill, Orange Walk on Good Friday. A statement from the police says that sometime after midday Friday, JeovanyCocyock was working inside this well -when he started to suffocate. Brother Isidro Coyock tried to help – he climbed down the well – which stands at about forty feet deep. According to Police, close to four feet of water was inside the well. It is not entirely clear what happened next – but the statement from the police says that the brothers were discovered in an unconscious state clinging to this rope.  Some of the first responders to the scene were ASR/BSI security officers. Men on the Coyock Farm went overto a nearby property of ASR/BSI and they alerted the security team of the incident. Hector Heron Jr shares what he and four other security officers observed upon their arrival.

 

Hector Heron Jr., Senior Security Officer, ASR/BSI

“Upon our arrival, I observed a male person inside the well on a farm that is not the property of BSI. We responded and we began to console the family and gathered help. We also assisted in calling the fire engine and the police department.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“In terms of the man you observed there – was it just one or two persons?”

 

Hector Heron Jr.

Well, upon my arrival, I observed one person inside the well. A male person, who was apparently face down with his head submerged into the water.”

Andrea Polanco

“Were there any other person observed on the farm; in the area?”

 

Hector Heron Jr.

There were about three to four other person aside from the BSI personnel.”

Andrea Polanco

“They didn’t indicate to you guys what happened?”

 

Hector Heron Jr.

“Well, information gathered from them is the guy went inside the well to clean out the well and before him there was somebody else – another guy – inside the well.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, I take it the young man retrieved was not able to speak?”

 

Hector Heron Jr.

“No, ma’m. He wasn’t able to speak when we retrieved him from the well.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, I take it was you guys or the fire service that extracted him?”

 

Hector Heron Jr.

“We, along with the fire personnel extracted him from out of the well and bring him up to land.”

 

Outside the well lies the material the Coyock brothers were removing from the well –  which, information suggests, hasn’t been in use for some time.  These buckets and the rope attached were being used to take out mud. It was an unforeseen tragedy for the family – the brothers, according to people in the area – have been working on this farm since they were boys.  The tragic incident and a few others in the area have received the help of the ASR/BSI security.  Over the past few years ASR/BSI security officers made of trained personnel has been assisting the community in times of tragedy and need – it has become a hallmark of the company.

 

Hector Heron Jr.

“It is something we have been doing or something that we do, not only for the BSI personnel but also for the general public, also. Once we can assist, we assist.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“That service that you provide or that assistance that you give to the people in this area, I take it that you are qualified in what you do?”

 

Hector Heron Jr.

“Yes, ma’m. We are also licensed personnel to apply first-aid. So, whatever we do, we assist in.”

 

And while the ASR/BSI team responded swiftly with help and got others to pitch in – the incident proved tragic for the Coyock family. The brothers were pronounced dead on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital.

 

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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