Mayaro MP Rushton Paray has urged beach goers to exercise caution at the nation’s beaches and rivers, following the drowning of 15-year-old Kirlon Ravallo on Friday.
He appealed that persons adhere to the instructions of lifeguards and be guided by the respective flags.
In a media release, Paray said, “I urge everyone to adhere to the instructions of lifeguards and be guided by the respective flags, look after themselves and each other since swimming conditions may be challenging at this time of year. Persons should take precautions and look after the safety of their families especially children, so as to prevent further tragedies from occurring.”
Paray said he was saddened by Ravallo’s death and extended condolences to the teen’s family.
“On behalf of the constituents of Mayaro I want to express my deepest condolences to the Ravallo family. This is indeed sad news and the prayers of my office are with them during this difficult time,” he said.
Ravallo and three of the friends of the Guayaguayare High School went swimming at Pilot River.
Around midday Ravallo jumped into the river, and he did not resurface.
His friends searched for him, and when he could not be found they went for help.
Officers of the Mayaro Police Station and Coast Guards responded.
Around 5 p.m. the teenager’s body resurfaced, and his body was taken out by coast guard officers.
He was pronounced dead on the rover bank.
His mother, Laura Ravello, identified her son’s body to police officers.