UPDATE: Man drowns in Roseau River

View of the Dominica/China Friendship Bridge from the Roseau Market

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.

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  1. December 22, 2012

    :oops: :twisted:

  2. pray and fast more
    April 6, 2012

    we need to bend our knees and bow our heads in prayer
    stop being so critical about others mishaps.
    sincere condolences to the family.be strong in the lord and in the power of his might..

  3. April 2, 2012

    The Devil is working really hard to get souls eh. PRAY EVERYDAY PEOPLE

    • jerseydominican
      April 3, 2012

      Are you for real come on accident

    • l'amerique
      April 3, 2012

      Dominique plen stress

    • Allex
      June 24, 2012

      I can’t understand why you must give Satan credit for and accidental drowning. It is a serious problem when one focuses on Satan so much and not HaShem (God). Satan is NOT a god, but by crediting him for everything bad, you are also glorifying him.

      This is the worse thing about the Christian faith – the elevation of Satan.

      Just think about it and you will see. If you give HaShem prases for good, and you give Satan credit for bad, aren’t you also glorifying him?

  4. Cza
    April 2, 2012

    Dumb they are not lions u tard I can imagine how then Chinese laughing people like u

  5. Anonymous
    April 2, 2012

    I wonder if it was the lions that was chasing after him.

  6. I die nah!
    April 2, 2012

    the curse of the foo dogs. dey say everyone else got the foo dog when their nose start dripping. but i say it jess di common cold

  7. yes
    April 2, 2012


  8. y
    April 2, 2012

    HE saw the LIONS coming i hope not

    • May
      April 2, 2012

      NOT lions they are DRAGONS.

      • Allex
        June 24, 2012

        I am lost by your comments on this page. Was this deceased man Chinese?

        What lions, or dragons are you speaking of? I am in the United States.

  9. Pangirl
    April 2, 2012

    Let us pray for the repose of this man’s soul. This was a tragic incident and no matter who he was, no one deserves such a fate. :cry:

    • Anonymous
      April 2, 2012

      IT’S SO TRUE

  10. huhhh
    April 2, 2012

    he jump or he fell?

    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.

    • interesting
      April 2, 2012

      its contracting. did he fall or he jumped?

      • stupes
        April 2, 2012

        contracting??? u mean conflicting right?

    • Shane
      April 2, 2012

      Learn to understand english.. a man REPORTED to have jumped, drowned after falling into the river

      • funny
        April 3, 2012

        learn this… falling is accident, jumping is deliberate.

      • Allex
        June 24, 2012

        I see some can’t speak English well. Isn’t this Island an English speaking nation?

  11. hmm
    April 2, 2012

    That is why I discourage drinking. Makes you do foolish thing.. poor judgment. Guess he thought there was deep enough for a plunge..now he is gone….when he was intoxicated. Alas…..stay away from alcohol young people. It will be a monkey on your back later on.

  12. wortless
    April 2, 2012

    y couldnt they put a craupaud/frog instead of a lion.

    • observer
      April 2, 2012

      move on rasta

    • wondering
      April 3, 2012

      dat not makin no sense ..it daoe hav nothin to do with the lions

    • I agree
      April 3, 2012

      The bridge well blight more to come

  13. hmmm
    April 2, 2012

    DNO please correct your over-eager readers. Your initial story did say the ‘new bridge.’

    I do believe they do not appreciate two things sometimes…

    1. you do a lot of updating of your initial postings (a lot of times because you get the story slightly wrong at first go….but that is another story.)

    2. You do not approve ALL comments as they are posted. Sometimes you may be indisposed and not able to do so.

    I hate those comments that ask…”so why nobody not posting on that story.”

    • bone
      April 2, 2012

      I thought the same thing. Cause i also only saw new bridge and was confused cause i thought if it was the China friendship bridge then DNO woulda said so. But here are those over eager commenters just ranting and raving!!

  14. Praying
    April 2, 2012

    Remove or replace the ‘lions/fufu dogs/demons/idols’!

    • mete veyee
      April 2, 2012

      there is no demon in the fufu dogs or idols, the demon is in us all…..is almighty God we need to help get rid of all them demons….the demons of SIN

    • I agree
      April 3, 2012

      That bridge is CURSED!!!

  15. tehbeh
    April 2, 2012

    dere sooo flat!!! awa wi rex

  16. originalshabin
    April 2, 2012

    mr was a mad man you seeing roseau have river for you to jump off bridge and swim. gosh man

  17. help
    April 2, 2012

    Dno, you said “new bridge”…..my question is which one? since there are two(2) newly constructed bridge -The Dominica China friendship Bridge
    – The Goodwill Roseau Link Bridge

    • STUPES
      April 2, 2012

      did you not read the part that said “The incident occurred in Roseau on Saturday between 4:00 and 5:00 pm on the Dominica/Chinese Friendship Bridge near the Roseau Market.GEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      April 2, 2012

      help, if u are aware dno did stated dt it’s da Dominica/China bridge near d market…read with your eyes not your rear..

    • Missy
      April 2, 2012

      Reread the story and you will get you answer. This time read to understand and not read to critisize….

    • Igloo
      April 2, 2012

      What happen you all don’t READ??? or you all don’t have understanding??? which one???

      “The incident occurred in Roseau on Saturday between 4:00 and 5:00 pm on the Dominica/Chinese Friendship Bridge near the Roseau Market.”

      DNO I take the case for myself, because people really starting to irritate me now. Is like people more interested in blogging and checking to see if their blog came on, rather than READING the news item. Chah man!!!

    • favors
      April 2, 2012

      you not easy eh…. you could line out new bridge but you did not see “Bridge near the Roseau Market”.. read properly and stop ask foolish questions… duh

    • simply blessed
      April 2, 2012

      some dominicans are just difficult! stupes.

  18. April 2, 2012

    well god is leader if he want it so , he want it so alas!

  19. Deborah Peters
    April 2, 2012

    DNO is that what really happened? Please do some more investigations before putting information on your website.

    • Rol
      April 2, 2012

      Well if know tell us, give DNO the story!

      • No Name
        April 2, 2012

        DNO put what they want. Even if Deborah give them they story they’ll just ignore it. DNO need to realize that that people sometimes know more than the police.

  20. Sensey
    April 2, 2012

    I read the entire story just to see where they would say “April fool’s joke”. But not a joke, this is serious. People have no fear, The devil is a liar, he will not take over our country, we have claimed our country in Jesus name. We rebuke the hands of the devour. We decree and declare that Dominica is blessed of God and no weapon formed against us shall prosper. We the people of Dominica have repented, we have seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked way, SO God please Heal our land.

  21. babsy
    April 2, 2012

    Its a leap year Remember? We need to move closer to God, because its gonna get worse.

  22. speak ur minds
    April 2, 2012

    the name of the dragon on the bridge a called fu dogs so the man was really mad and this was the payment 4 damaging the fu dogs earlier on this yr fu dogs call him fu dogs take him

  23. April 2, 2012

    I know this person very, very, well along with the rest of his family and relatives. I am also from Giraudel.

    Yes I discovered that he was an alcoholic-when I visited home in 2008. He is an uncle of my brother’s girl friend.

    The person identified as Anonymous said that Joseph–Bo-boy– was intoxicated when he/she saw him.

    People should know that they cannot go under water when under the influence of alcohol–if that was what he did. And even if he accidentally fell over, death would still happen because of alcohol in his blood.

    Must be that alcohol affects the brain when under water. I am sorry he had to die that way.

  24. Shameless
    April 2, 2012

    :cry: :cry: :cry: RIP Fellowman..
    May your family find comfort in the lord through his son Jesus.

    Jah!!! Oh Jah! We need to stop worshiping mankind and face the facts of life..

  25. cifman
    April 1, 2012

    Dominica,the Lord Jesus is on His way back to earth. He wants us all to repent,come out of the old
    Lifestyles and come to know Him as Lord and personal Savouir and comit our lives to Him. The signs are all
    Fortelling that the coming of the Lord is near. Take heed to God’s word. Life is short,here today,gone tomorrow.
    Take heed. Stop the reckless life you live and allow Christ in your life and be comforted by His words. It is not Gods will that
    Any should perish but all come to repentance. He loves you that’s why He sent His Only Son Jesus Christ in the world to save us from
    All our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To the family in Giraudel trust in the Lord and He will strengthen your heart.

  26. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    need to put a sign on de bridge-NO JUMPING ALLOWED as early as monday morning.


  27. I die nah!
    April 1, 2012

    on the bridge with the idol?

  28. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    Hey People .,., from wat i learnt , they said that he was very High yesterday and he said he was going to PiPi is he went deep in the water and he die

  29. words
    April 1, 2012

    words have power
    we just type whatsoever we want
    everything is politics
    everything is a bigjoke
    one of those days God forbids pain will come to our doorsteps and only then we will know how the loved ones and family and friends of the deceased ones are feeling.


    its not the politicians its a blasted shame how I as a reader has become and I must change !

    Dats what we must say to ourselves !

  30. AP
    April 1, 2012

    Is this the bridge with those Chinese Foo Dogs? Hmmmm.

  31. Rasta Mystic
    April 1, 2012

    Bottom line he was mentally unstable , he just wasn’t well at all !! For the people on here already pointing fingers . It is very sad !!

  32. D/can living America
    April 1, 2012

    Dominica giving USVI competition. Every day i get on line is bad news.

  33. babydoll
    April 1, 2012

    this is definitely an april fools joke…… this story went from being in giraudel to roseau…..now we know that giraudel dont have water muchless for a bridge lol so the location had to be changed to roseau…..nice try DNO….. this one wont digest

    • susan
      April 2, 2012

      read the story again, key note the man if from Giraudel and jump from bridge in Roseau.

  34. Short
    April 1, 2012

    God bless this person..
    These Previous comments need more prayers than the persons who wrote them…..i mean… look on the bright side….”think ov what was his condition earlier and reflect on tht….” “was he performing well during the week? or was he a normal person?” i personally do not believe that this is an April Fool’s trick….its a serious matter….

  35. Not a herd follower
    April 1, 2012

    What’s going on in Dominica?

  36. sweet
    April 1, 2012

    D man maybe had are problem.

  37. sweet
    April 1, 2012


  38. D
    April 1, 2012

    I am so sorry to hear what is happening in this lost paradise. While many of us are mourning so many unfortunate deaths, the undertakers` businesses are becoming more lucrative. We need to take care of our lives. It`s one in a million chance to enter into this world but there are more than a thousand ways to depart this live.

  39. sad
    April 1, 2012


    • bone
      April 2, 2012

      From sincei read the story i just knew that someone was gonna make such a comment! lol

  40. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    the man was intoxicated based on a eye witness comment, kakapool rum, the caribean sun, lack of nutrional food mental illness, all contributing factors, to this tragedy.

    C.P.R. should be available to who ever is interested, many lives will be saved if it is applied island wide.

    May he rest in peace.

    A native son , in L.A. California.

  41. April 1, 2012

    who say is the country that need prayers, its the people who need it.i believe the country is fine and bless and love by the Lord.

  42. Roseau
    April 1, 2012

    Again, No comment.

  43. April 1, 2012

    Why do people do that to themselves anyway. Was the said man drunk or mad?


  44. cricket fan
    April 1, 2012

    Someone lost his life and the majority of the comments are negative. What’s wrong with us as a people? Compared to the rest of the world Dominica is number one on my list as place to call home. I have no idea who this guy is but may his soul RIP. He is in a better place i hope.

  45. diaspora
    April 1, 2012

    what happening to Dominicans nuh?

  46. Dem too Majie
    April 1, 2012

    Dominican sort eh !!!!!!!!!!!
    You dont know the circumstances, you dont have any information, you probably dont even know the person but is de regime that cause him to go for a swim.
    Zor tros sort!!!!!!!!!!
    Man the comments that you put on DNO can be so embarrassing . It sucks.

    All of us need to clean up our wicked hearts. We have a responsibility for the way we live. Everything is a blame blame blame……. Zors tros zort!!!

  47. (.) (.)
    April 1, 2012

    That’s how he had to die

  48. Diamond+Ruby
    April 1, 2012

    I don’t know but people are doing some crazy stuff. This must have been an April 1st fever. Maybe if skerritt would find employment this man would not be going psychotic and pulling waco stunts whihc resulted in his death.

  49. calibishie
    April 1, 2012

    May his soul rest in peace. He is in a better place. I send a word to his family that they may be conforted.

    April 1, 2012

    My condolences to the family and friends of
    Mr. Austrie.

    The article states that Mr Austrie said he was going for a swim, so it appears to be a tragic

    We know its OK to swim in the river, but no one should dive into the river. Its not deep enough, and there are to many rocks/boulders, especially under the bridge.

  51. hmmmmmmmr
    April 1, 2012

    papa met!!!

  52. da gyal
    April 1, 2012

    and yet mental health and therapy is still a big taboo in Dominica

  53. Pais la
    April 1, 2012

    Them Haitians and all their voodoo is too be blamed. Get rid of all the Haitians and you will see complete Restoration of DA.

    • Pais la
      April 1, 2012

      ***Should read: ARE to be blamed…

    • April 2, 2012

      Agree with you since they step foot on the island all these madness is happening, first it was demon attacking school children, drive them back to Haiti, Dominica need cleansing from God

      • original in tola BF
        April 2, 2012

        stop blaming the haitains they are hard working people they never stop all u from working get up all u and go and work ,cultivate u all have land make a difference in all u country and is all u that is the demond not dominica .jackasses pray for all u sins.am sick of u all low rating all u country

  54. Realist
    April 1, 2012

    Ity look like there is some diabolic headline coming from Dominica every single day.

    Dominica now resembles Egypt during the time of the jewish slavery. It seems that its under some ‘pague of sorts’ yet the people hearts remain hardened

    • joi
      April 1, 2012

      oh shut up! What nonsense you spew. “It seems that its under some ‘pague of sorts’ yet the people hearts remain hardened”

      First, learn to spell,and learn proper use of grammar; its ‘plague’ not ‘pague’, and its ‘people’s hearts’not ‘people hearts’.

      Now that we have worked on your English usage, perhaps you should stop generalizing Dominicans. Perhaps the only heart hardened is yours and you feel all else share your sentiment?

    • miranda
      April 1, 2012

      i agree 100 percent! people open ur eyes and pray!

    • I agree
      April 3, 2012

      Don’t worry.. Who don’t hear will feel… Listen Dominicans!!

    April 1, 2012

    Dominica needs help wi ..trust me..too many deaths occurring! we need to secure ourselves! DOMINICA NEEDS PRAYERS!!!

    • April 1, 2012

      cant believe pple actually disliked this comment! wtf

    • true dominican
      April 1, 2012

      I agree. It is like souls are being sold. I cannot understand how all of a sudden every body has gone a hole. Its is like no one has commonsense anymore.

  56. concerned
    April 1, 2012

    so sad Lord help Da too many tragedies. To the families that are in sorrow look up to Jesus where you will find comfort.

    • Anonymous
      April 2, 2012

      I like that fortrue wi we need prayer

  57. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    I was there yesterday and they guy was very intoxicated in fact he passed where I was sitting on more than one occasion,smiling to his self,moments after I heard screams and people sayin he had gone swimming and something went wrong in the water and he injested a vast amount of water,I think it took too long for him to have been pulled from the water and there was no trained person there to perform cpr maybe that would have helped,very sad RIP

  58. Frankey
    April 1, 2012

    Guess the Pressure of modern day living in Dominica…

    Could be Corrupted Actions of this Regime the Citizens couldnt cope with it seeing his island heading downstream…

    Poverty on the Increase due to lack of Jobs etc…these are factors that surely contribute to someone loosing it slightly…as it aint ease in Dominica….Bush Rum could be the cause too as drinking is on the increase due to the recessions globally and locally so their are many factors..

    Pressure in the home area too..Dominica is extremly tough to live in…

    may his soul RIP…

    • really
      April 1, 2012

      If you don’t have nothing good to say keep your mouth shut. In a time like this no need for that!

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2012

      We tend to use the excuse ‘lack of jobs’ for every negative incedent. Giraudel has so much fertile soil that is ready for planting and the young men are sitting by the roadside while Haitian come to Giraudel smiling while planting the land and going to the market.

      This is a lame and easy excuse that is now sounding like a broken record.

    • powil pa
      April 1, 2012

      ah fuss u sounding like a sot

    • lol
      April 1, 2012


    • Phenomenal Woman
      April 2, 2012

      i do not find this is a low rated comment..in fact this is the reality we live in…SMH @ DNO

    April 1, 2012

    I ain’t even kno Wat to say, theres a reason for everything, am I right! *slaps knee* Omg

  60. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    how u sot so nuh, the man go for a swim

  61. April 1, 2012

    My padna was fed up man??

  62. ideal
    April 1, 2012

    your so right, this is a warning that the devil is at work in DA, evil leaders are taking our people to hell with them We need to look at what is going on and demad changes< our beautiful nature island is no more

    • Cza
      April 1, 2012

      Here u go with politics. No one can prevent death u knw

  63. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    i for one will continue to pray my country this month is pray and fasting for my church and Dominica is first on my list for prayer may his soul rest in peace

  64. poe-ki-toe
    April 1, 2012

    hmmm sad news….I hope that this wasn’t a suicide attempt…my condolences to the family of the deceased…….it’s sad how our country is being marred by death and tragedies since the year begun….we need to join together to pray for our nation. 8-O

  65. PUSS
    April 1, 2012

    “BAZILE on d loose boii

    • April 1, 2012

      Satan is on the loose for sure on this island, this island need prayer and deliverance from the Almighty

      Some evil force is taking over Dominica, this place need healing and clensing

  66. Really?
    April 1, 2012

    This sounds like an April fools gag. How does this type of thing happen!

    • st thomas
      April 1, 2012

      u sound like the april’s fool ,,too assume this is a joke

    • PUSS
      April 1, 2012

      how you mean how………… what a dumb question…. no one knows what was going on in the man head d man might have been going through some real hard times n felt he was better of dead…untrue but its too late

    • April 1, 2012

      seriously? -_-

    • Duncekyat
      April 1, 2012


      You are not only April’s Fool, but May’s, and June’s, and July’s…

    • Sicoline
      April 1, 2012

      if i can remember April fool’s is the first of April and not March 31st….

    • aye
      April 1, 2012

      For you it can happen very easily,go on a bridge and jump…..water or no water. Give it a try and see.

      • PUSS
        April 3, 2012

        i agree with aye if is *** you *** find out for yourself…. experience is the best teacher

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