SIMPSON BAY–The lifeless body of a 57-year-old man of South African origin was discovered floating in Simpson Bay Lagoon on the Southern side of Snoopy Island on Saturday and was fished out of the water.
There were no signs of foul play. The Daily Herald understands that the man had been hospitalised previously after suffering a heart attack and it is believed that he may have suffered another heart attack while in the lagoon. He reportedly owns a dinghy and had to meet up with a friend at a local restaurant with his dinghy on Saturday evening, but he never showed up.
The Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre (JRCC) of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard received a call about the lifeless body after “an alert kayaker” had seen it floating in the water near the southern side of Snoopy Island, the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard said in a statement posted on its Facebook page after the incident.
The JRCC immediately contacted the St. Maarten Coast Guard substation and the Police Force. A SuperRHIB crew consisting of Coast Guard officers and two police officers was dispatched to investigate.
A doctor and a forensic team were also informed and visited the Coast Guard substation. The lifeless body was discovered in the location in which it was first seen and was lifted out of the water and transported to the substation. The doctor and forensic team conducted a post-mortem examination on the body and found no sign of foul play.
“When all was done, the body was taken and transported to a funeral home. His next of kin will be informed,” the statement read. The Coast Guard wished the family of the deceased strength with their loss and said, “May he rest in peace.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/84252-body-of-57-year-old-man-found-floating-in-lagoon