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Macal River claims its fourth victim for this month Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

A young boy drowned in the Macal River on Saturday of this past weekend; thus becoming the fourth victim of drowning for this month. Johnatan Melisio Requena, 14, had dived into the Macal River on the side of San Ignacio by the Boat Warf, which is between the Hawkesworth Bridge and the lower lying temporary wooden bridge, and soon began to struggle to remain above surface. His close friend Jose Thomson, 16, reported that he had gone into the water in an attempt to assist Johnatan Requena, but the water was too deep. However; another young man jumped into the river and dragged Johnatan Requena to the river's bank. Passing men attempted to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child but it was to no avail.

Johnatan Requena was thereon transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Due to a malfunctioning San Ignacio Hospital morgue, San Ignacio Police resorted to transport the body of the deceased to the Western Regional Hospital morgue. A post mortem examination has been scheduled for 1:00 pm on Tuesday on the young boy at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City.

Much effort has been made by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council to beautify the edges of the Macal River by installing cement benches and painting the roots of trees. But Herbert Haylock writes that it is now time for the Town Council to “…please work on some signs and cautions for the river. You all will know the areas that need the warning.”

While Gary Carias adds that “…every second counts in a life or death situation.”