A fisherman from the town of Portsmouth, Kenroy ‘Backhoe’ Alexis, is dead following a mishap at sea.
The incident occured at midmorning on Thursday, (Dec. 20, 2012).
Dominica News Online was able to obtain an exclusive interview with the last person to see the deceased alive, his colleague Albert Lawrence.
According to Lawrence, the two men had been anchored fishing about a 100 feet off-shore from the Cabrits. Both men had small fishing boats, but at first were sharing Lawrence’s boat while fishing.
Lawrence also stated that Alexis was known to get epileptic fits, and seemed a bit under the weather, but claimed that he was okay.
He said they eventually spotted two yachts coming into the harbour and as certified tour guides, they decide to split up in their separate boats and approach the yachts to offer their services.
Lawrence told DNO that he was leading in his vessel, while the deceased Kenroy Alexis followed in the other boat.
“While going out, I was not that far in front of him, with the sound of my engine and the wind blowing, I thought he was coming.When I looked backed, his boat was like 200 feet feet away from me, but I wasn’t seeing him in the boat at all! So that troubled my mind. I said “****!’ I sped my engine and turned around. When I came alongside the other boat, when I looked down, I saw his body, his shirt, sinking. I just bawled out, but there was nobody around who could help at the time,” the distraught Portsmouth resident stated.
He speculated that Alexis must have experienced an epileptic seizure soon after they separated.
Lawrence said that due to physical limitations, there was not much he could do to help his friend. According to him, he dropped his anchor and quickly started calling other boatmen and divers including Cobra of Cobra Tours. Help quickly arrived, and diver Fabien Honore’ eventually found the body of Alexis submerged about 80 feet deep in the water.
The body was transported to Portsmouth and then to the Portsmouth Hospital where Alexis was officially pronounced dead.