Jamaica News, Trelawny: The Trelawny police say a team of divers attached to the Marine Police and JDF, on Thursday, August 23, managed to fish the bodies of the 5-year-old American boy and the raft captain, from the Martha Brae river.
The bodies of both victims were fished from the water, on the third day following reports of their drowning.
A large crowd of Trelawny residents, the police, members of the JDF and Coast Guard divers, could be seen gathered at the river bank on, Thursday afternoon, during the last day of the search.
After two days, the search team made an all-out attempt to retrieve the bodies and succeeded.
The dead raft captain has been identified as Llewellyn Reid also of a Trelawny address, while the 5-year-old boy has been identified as Jace Jones, of a Massachusetts address in the USA.
Reports by the Trelawny police are that about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Reid was navigating his raft along a section of the Martha Brae River with Jace and his 7 and 9-year-old siblings on board.
On reaching a rough patch in the water, Jace fell off the raft into the water and Reid dived in to save him.
The raft captain met into difficulties and he and the five-year-old boy was sucked under. An alarm was raised and the other two siblings were rescued.
Residents in the area alerted the Falmouth police, who then called in the support of the JDF and the Coast Guard. A search was carried out for both victims, but the search had to be called off due to poor lighting.
Up to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 22, the rescue team had not been able to locate either victim.
It is understood that the American boy and his two older siblings were on holidays at the home of their Jamaican family who resides in Trelawny.