15-y-o boy drowns while fishing at river in St Ann

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Cops urge residents to avoid rivers that are in spate

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The St Ann police are warning persons to desist from venturing into rivers that are in spate following Tuesday’s drowning of a teenager in a river in the community of Borobridge in the parish.

The deceased is 15-year-old Matthew Fung, a student of Alston High School in the northern section of Clarendon.

Reports are that about 5:30 pm, Matthew, along with his father and a friend, were fishing in the river that was still in spate, when the teenager fell from a raft into the water.

Attempts were made to rescue him, but the efforts were unsuccessful.

His lifeless body was later fished from the water.

Head of the St Ann police, Senior Superintendent Dwight Powell, said whenever rivers are in spate, “people must not throw caution to the wind”.

Continuing, he said: “We’re asking them (persons) to be mindful of their own personal safety…, (and) after inclement weather conditions, they must avoid using the river whenever it is in spate.”

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