GREAT BAY – Two 22-year-old men, identified as Jeff Stephane (photo far left) and Samuel Blaise (photo left) drowned on Saturday around 4 p.m. during a swim at Mullet Bay Beach. The Coast Guard retrieved their bodies on Sunday, after earlier searches on Saturday had yielded no results.
According to the police, one of the swimmers had called for help and the other one went into the water to help him. Shortly afterwards they both disappeared underwater.
Police officers, ambulance personnel and the Coast Guard went to the scene on Saturday.
Clothing and car keys belonging to the swimmers were found on the beach.
Photographer Gromyko Wilson was on the scene and received permission to use his drone for a search of the water in the vicinity where the men were last seen. A Winair plane also joined the search but it this did not find them either.
The search was called off late in the evening and resumed yesterday morning around 6 a.m.
Around 1.30 p.m. yesterday afternoon a swimmer came across the two bodies. The Coast Guard took the bodies to its building in Simpson Bay where Dr. Mercuur pronounced their death by drowning.
Photo caption: The rough seas at Mullet Bay beach became fatal for two local swimmers.
Insets above: victims Jeff Stephane (left) and Samuel Blaise. Photos Today / Leo Brown / Facebook