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.