Fisherman drowns during storm

June 20th, 2016, 3:33 p.m. CST

8. DROWNINGBy BBN Staff: Tonight there are more questions than answers for a family in Sarteneja Village in the Corozal District.

Eugenio Santos Jr., 29, reported to police that on Saturday June 18, sometime around 9:00 a.m. he was along with his father, 66-year-old Eugenio Santos Sr., a boat captain from Sarteneja and five other fishermen on Turneffe Island where they were all fishing inside a sailing boat when his father decided to leave along with two other fishermen in separate canoes, leaving behind Eugenio Santos Jr. and two other fishermen inside the sailing boat.

According to Santos Jr., about an hour later a hard rain came which made Eugenio Jr. unable to take the sail boat to meet his father and the two other fishermen.

Minutes later after the heavy rain stopped; Eugenio Jr. took the boat about half mile ahead to make checks on his father and couldn’t locate him. After searching for a while he saw his father’s canoe at a distance with no one inside.

Upon closer inspection, he saw his father in the water with a rope wrapped around his left foot.

He immediately took him out and placed him inside the boat then transported him to Belize City where he was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. The body of Eugenio Santos Sr. now awaits a postmortem examination.

Police are investigating.

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