Yes, I would hold opinion on this until and if more reliable facts become available. It is easy to chase off in the emotion of the moment, driven by inaccurate information.
"The body of a four year old Vieux Fort boy who drowned during a church outing on Independence Day has been recovered. The body was found floating on the sea close to Coconut Bay hotel early Tuesday morning by a civilian, according to Inspector Marcellinus Leonce of the Vieux Fort Criminal Investigations Department. The incident occurred around two o’clock Sunday, at the Bois Chadon Beach near Coconut Bay Hotel.
Terrel Joshua Elibox of Augier, Vieux Fort was attending a church function at the beach with his family when he went missing.
There are conflicting reports as to how the pre-schooler got into the sea.
Relatives have told the police that he was taken onto a surfboard without a life jacket by an unknown man who was kite surfing.
However police say the surfer has come forward to report that the child was already in the water and was drowning when he attempted to render assistance. According to the man, who has not been identified by police, during the rescue, the surfboard overturned and young Terrel fell into the water and disappeared.
A search of the area on Saturday and Sunday by the Marine police Unit failed to find Terrel Elibox.
Inspector Leonce has commended the civilian – Ashton Mitchel – for his efforts in searching for the missing boy.
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The kitesurfer is a physician and by accounts a very responsible person. He has even rescued others before while biking in Canada. The child seems to have been unattended and wandered off. He was drowned in subsequent events. It is quite possible the doctor was trying to save the child, who may have already drown at the point, he fell off the vacationing kiter's board. Perhaps he was trying CPR on the board, or just trying to get him into the beach. Hopefully, more verified details will come out. For now though, I would cool your jets.