Canadian mother and son die after falling off Devil’s Bridge in Antigua

Watching the waves at Devil’s Bridge in Antigua

A high-level investigation is underway in St. Johns after the death of a Canadian tourist and her son. The 38-year-old woman and her five-year-old son drowned at the Devil Bridge.

According to reports from the woman’s husband, they had gone to see the sunset at the Devil’s Bridge, when his son went close to the edge and got caught by a wave. The man reported to policemen that his son held onto his mother’s leg and she too fell into the water.

The man who had to receive counseling on the spot that early morning told authorities that he wanted to return to Canada the same day however they denied the request as investigations were underway. Meanwhile, the Antigua and Barbuda government has expressed condolences to the family.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, said he was saddened at the event, “and if there is anything we can do to assist the family, we stand ready to assist.”

“But it is a very very tragic situation…and I want to express our sincere sympathy to the family. I feel it as though it was a relative. It is so impactful,” he said.

This is the second instance of a tourist death at Devil’s Bridge this year.

Devil’s Bridge got its name because the rock once resembled a bridge before part of it fell away into the sea. Enslaved people on the island once crossed the bridge and drowned themselves believing that their spirits would live on and they would return one day a free person and not a slave anymore.

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13 Comments

  1. Carol-Ann
    December 6, 2023

    What on earth would this tragedy have to do with a ‘CBI connection’? I don’t think there is any ‘case’ to be investigated. There was no foul play, just a tragic set of circumstances. Stop the negative comments about such a sad event!

  2. MrsS
    December 5, 2023

    The tourism industry in Antigua needs to put policies in place.
    I just returned from a trip to Antigua and on the same day I suffered a spinal injury on a local tour; the boat operator had us out in 10ft swells and we crashed down several times. The boat operators tried several times to make me get up and try to walk; I was removed from their boat by paramedics on a back board with a neck brace. My back is sprained and now have a bulging disc. There were zero safety precautions, no medical equipment or training for these operators. Not one person from the tour company has attempted to contact me.

  3. Lin clown
    December 5, 2023

    Condolences to the family.I once lived in Blenheim on the shores of lake Erie.Connect the dots has UWP blood flowing in it’s vein only a complete Jacka would post such a comment.Annoyed from Canada,the blue rats are so filled with jealousy,wickedness and hate,they have no sympathy.Just think of a Zulu chief living in Dominica.Shaka Zula is convinced the husband MUST have pushed the wife and son over devil’s bridge.Heartless blue scumbags always waiting to rejoice at misfortunes.Did you know Shaka Zulu is a very strong supporter of UWP?Always thinking negative.

  4. mrsmom
    December 5, 2023

    Heartbreaking. Tourists visiting foreign countries don’t know the geography or hazards unique to the area. Locals would probably know to stay farther back because large waves can sweep you over the rocks. We’re used to the great lakes in Ontario, not the oceans. Parks authorities need to post signs warning of hazards and place barriers where needed. This was preventable. A young boy was killed at Disney world in Florida by an alligator, it grabbed him right off the beach. The family was not local and didn’t know alligators are in every body of water there, again no posted signs or warning. I am praying for the family who are grieving an unbearable loss

  5. GOODWILL
    December 4, 2023

    One person died previously and no safety barriers erected? Very careless of the tourism authorities.

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  6. Amba
    December 3, 2023

    that’s just stupid. why were they not holding the child in the first place. these people who don’t want to correct their children. zenfa malcasay. sorry for your loss.

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    • Firefly
      December 5, 2023

      Another tourist died here in April, he was 68 years old. Was someone supposed to be holding him too? Post signs warning to stay off the rocks. Tourists don’t know the area.

  7. Shaka Zulu
    December 2, 2023

    Smart move by the police. He seems to want to get back too fast. I am not buying his story.

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    • Annoyed from Canada
      December 5, 2023

      I’m so happy you are able to read into this terrible tragedy and assume there is motive or that you don’t buy this story !!! This beautiful family is from local community in St. Catharines, ON Canada and this little boy goes to my granddaughter’s school. They were friends that just recently attended each others birthday parties, play together in the playground and I can tell you our community is devastated! Mom & Dad are remarkable citizens and Shray was the most lovely only child to them. It annoys me that people just jump to conclusions without knowing facts – When is this crap going to stop! Shame on your comments!!! Have some compassion during this difficult time. Dad not only lost his son but he also lost his beautiful wife – He has family to support him at home – I would want leave too!!!!!!!!!

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      • From Canada
        December 5, 2023

        Well said. Ignorant words from ignorant commenters

        From another member of the same community and school, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
        My son was friends with Shray, he was a sweet, shy, kind little boy. The loss this family is suffering is just heartbreaking.

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  8. Brenda
    December 2, 2023

    Hmmm!

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  9. Connect the dots
    December 2, 2023

    All I will say is all serious crime that happens on the island today is connected to CBI passport. So let’s wait to see who is involved and if there was any CBI connection . If any I say boldly that this case will never see the light of day

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    • Man bite dogs
      December 4, 2023

      l cannot understand how for the life of me DNO can publish such a crazy crap from “Connect the dots”
      or is it a Dominican thing?

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