(ZIZ)– The Frigate Bay Police are investigating a near drowning incident that occurred around 11:45 A.M. at the Frigate Bay Strip on Saturday.
Initial investigations revealed that a father and his two daughters, ages 11 and 15, were kayaking when the kayak overturned. The father and the 15 year old managed to get a hold of the kayak and swam to shore. Despite attempts to rescue his daughter, the 11 year old who could not swim, drifted further out to sea beyond his reach.
Local restaurateur, Roland Carey of Cathy’s Bar and Grill on The Strip, saw the incident and responded by grabbing a dinghy, rowing out to sea and rescuing the adolescent. The child was not breathing when they returned to the shore. Mr. Carey administered CPR, however, and managed to resuscitate her. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) were called to the scene where other lifesaving measures were administered to the girl who was transported to the Joseph N. France Hospital where she is warded and in stable condition.
Commissioner C. G. Walwyn has thanked Mr. Carey for his unselfish act in saving the life of this young girl and recommends that all residents contact the Red Cross and request a course in CPR.
The Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force encourages residents to take this act of bravery and humanity as an example for all to follow in assisting others should history repeat itself.
Commissioner Walwyn also reminded all guardians and parents that summer is fast approaching and children will be frequenting local beaches.
He asked parents to ensure that the children know how to swim, or are supervised by a person, who knows how to swim.