Jamaica News, Trelawny: The Trelawny police have now joined forces with the JDF, the Coast Guard and fishermen from the parish in a second day effort to locate the bodies of a 5-year-old American boy and a raft captain, who drowned in a section of the Martha Brae river, in the parish on Tuesday afternoon, August 21.
The 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.
A number of residents at the scene were still asking the question, “why so many children on a raft, which is an unstable object?”