Two teenagers died yesterday when a birthday lime turned tragic at Argyle waterfall near Roxborough, Tobago.

Kharisha Thompson, a 15-year-old pupil of Scarborough Secondary School, and 19-year-old Chrislon Walters of Argyle drowned at the Falls.

According to police reports, the two were among eight at the waterfall, celebrating the birthday of a friend, when tragedy struck.

According to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), at around 2.45 p.m., the group of young persons from Argyle and environs was swept away from the third level of the Argyle Falls by the river after heavy rainfall in the nearby forest.

A sudden gush of water swooped down on the unsuspecting group and Thompson was toppled over by the onrushing water.

Walters made attempts to save her, but both drowned, police said.

Fire officers responded to the scene and six others were rescued. This was confirmed by Tobago Fire Service public relations officer David Thomas.

“When we responded we discovered that the waterfall was very, very active and there were two persons who succumbed to the harshness of the waterfall,” said Thomas.

“They were rescued from the water and attempts were made to resuscitate them by medical personnel, but those attempts were unsuccessful,” he added.

Chrislon’s mother, Vernice Walters-Bascombe, told the Express she warned her son not to venture to the waterfall.

“This time they were harden. This morning we were watching the sea...I said allyuh watch the condition of the sea, allyuh can’t go to the waterfall,” she said.

Tobago mourns

Emotions ran high as the deceased teens were taken away from the area after district medical officer Dr Potts ordered the bodies removed to the Scarborough Mortuary.

And Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles said he was deeply saddened and disturbed by the drowning of the two teenagers.

“Today is truly a sad day. Not just for the two families and friends affected by this tragedy but for all of Tobago because this could have happened to any one of us or our children,” Charles stated.

“I extend sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased at this time,” he said in media release yesterday.

Charles also called on all of Tobago to pray, support and comfort the families and loved ones of Kharisha Thompson and Chrislon Walters during this period of mourning, stating: “The next few days, months and even years will not be easy. The THA will lend assistance where possible, especially in the area of counselling and emotional support.”

Charles extended sympathy to the affected families on behalf of the Tobago House of Assembly and his family.

The Chief Secretary was expected to visit the families of the deceased last night.

Tafewa Daniel of the Tobago police is investigating.


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Calypso veteran Trinidad Rio (Daniel Brown) says he has collected his Carifesta payment.

“Yes I got paid,” an abrupt Rio told the Express yesterday via phone.

Rio caused a stir last Friday night when he put Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly on the spot about the payment at the opening of the Back 2 Basics calypso tent, at Roslyn Hall, Auzonville Road, Tunapuna.