Police say a man reported to have died after jumping off the Dominica/China Friendship Bridge near the Roseau Market, apparently died by drowning after falling off the river wall into the river.
The incident occurred on Saturday at about 5:00 pm, with the individual identified as Joseph Austrie, 44, also known as ‘Bo-boy’ of Giraudel.
An eyewitness told DNO earlier that Bo-boy said at the time that he was going for a swim and jumped off the bridge.
Another person reported to have been on the scene at the time, said that Bo-boy was seen laughing and talking to himself on the bridge moments before “the fatal plunge”.
But the police report on the matter suggests it was an accident – that he fell off the river wall rather than jumping from the bridge.
“He attempted to swim to safety, when he submerged. He remained underwater for some time before someone came to his rescue,” the police say in their report on the matter.
“He was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was treated and given cardio resuscitation but was pronounced dead after resuscitation had failed,” the Head of the Criminal Investigations Department Superintendent Daniel Carbon said.