As the Government offers assistance to the family of the Canadian woman and her son who drowned at Devil’s Bridge last Thursday, November 30, more information has emerged about the incident.
Sources tell REAL News that the 37-year-old woman, Mohini Misna, and her five-year-old son, Shray Misna, were struck by a wave while on the bridge area of the popular tourist attraction.
Reportedly, the child had bent down to pick up something when thewave came up and struck them, resulting in the child, who wasbehind his mother, running towards her and grabbing hold of herleg. Allegedly they then fell over into the treacherous water.
It is also alleged that the woman’s husband, Satwick Misna, 38, who was standing at a distance watching them, immediately ran towardshis family in an effort to help.
Reportedly, he lay on his stomach in order to reach his wife’s hand,as she cried out for help for herself and their son. Reports say hetried in earnest to pull her to safety, but eventually lost his grip onher hand, and she went under the water.
Misna then sought assistance from a couple who were guests atVerandah. Allegedly being unable to swim, he then ran towards thebridge and jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue his family.
He reportedly had to be assisted from the water by the couple fromVerandah, who allegedly performed CPR on him.
The Canadian family had gone to Devil’s Bridge at about 6 a.m. thatday to take pictures of the sunrise. It was about 6:48 a.m. that thewife and son went onto the bridge and the tragedy occurred.
The child’s body was fished from the southern side of Devil’s Bridgethrough the efforts of the Fire Brigade Search and Rescue Team, thePolice, and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard. Thebody reportedly bore no marks of violence.
His mother’s body was lying face down and was pulled from thewaters by members of the Fire Brigade Rescue Team and the Police.Her body showed signs of bruises on the right leg and right hand.
After the bodies were pronounced dead by the district doctor, atabout 9:15 a.m. and 9:16 a.m., respectively, the coroner, MagistrateNgaio Emanuel, gave permission for them to be removed to BarnesFuneral Home.
The family had arrived in Antigua on November 23 and had beenstaying at the BNB Belfast Bay, in Seatons. They were scheduled toleave Antigua at 4 p.m. on the day of the incident.
Plans are now in high gear to fly the mourning husband and fatherand the two bodies back to their native Canada as soon as possible.
Minister of Tourism Charles “Max” Fernandez says an assessmentwill be carried out in order to make the Devil’s Bridge area safer, notonly for tourists, but for locals as well.
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