Body of drowned 16-year-old Rapheal Ramberan recovered

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 20:00

The body of drowned teenager Rapheal Ramberan has been recovered.

Ramberan's body was seen floating in the waters off Saline Bay by fishermen who contacted an Air Guard helicopter.

The following is a statement from the Coast Guard:

"On Tuesday 8th December 2015 at approximately10:42 a.m. Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard Helicopter AW 139 was signaled by fishermen in an area off Saline Bay. Upon closer investigation it appeared to be the body of missing sixteen (16) year old sea bather Rapheal Ramberan.

Coast Guard was contacted and Interceptor 013 was vectored to the location, where Interceptor crew and Divers commenced recovery operations. At approximately 1:15 pm the body was recovered and brought to Balandra Bay and handed over to Police and the DMO.

Members of the public are advised to be vigilant and careful when visiting or water sites during this time of the year. When at the beach, stay or venture into water only waist high. Watch children at all times, and never let them go into or near the water unsupervised. Do not consume alcohol and attempt to go swimming. Listen to Life Guards on duty. Observe carefully, if the water is rough, stay onshore.

At rivers it is advised to avoid diving head first into rivers as they are known to have large rocks. Stay away from where cascading waterfalls meet the pool of water below, this tends to pull you down and hold you under the water. Be very vigilant with children."