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Hectic Weekend For First Responders

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THE past weekend was a very busy one for first responders in the country who recorded one road fatality, two cases of physical assault, seven motor vehicular accidents, a suspicious death and responded to 56 ambulance calls.

Information on the motor vehicular accidents were not forthcoming as were those on the physical assault cases, however the road fatality was the fourth for the year and involved 34 year old Emerson Chassang of Caye Mange, Gros Islet.

According to police at about 5:25 p.m. at Belvedere, Canaries, Cassang lost control of his scooter, registration number 1235, whilst heading towards Castries and was severely injured. He was conveyed to the Soufriere Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, about 6:05 p.m. by a medical practitioner.

Despite media and fire service reports that another vehicle was involved in the accident, police insist that no other motor vehicle was believed to have been involved at the time. A post mortem examination is scheduled for today.

The fire service report on the incident released yesterday, showed that emergency personnel found one adult male lying on his stomach on the road. Initial assessment by the crew revealed that the patient had a weak pulse. He was quickly immobilized and a rapid physical examination was done which revealed deformities to his arms and legs and the left side of his chest.

“The patient was then transferred to the ambulance where oxygen was administered. He was then transported to the Soufriere Hospital in a serious but stable condition but later succumbed to his injuries,” noted the fire service report.

Also on Sunday at approximately 6:35 p.m., a call was received requesting assistance for an individual who was stabbed on Micoud Street, Castries. On arrival on the scene, emergency personnel found one male individual sitting complaining of pain to his abdomen.

Assessment by the responding crew revealed that the patient was bleeding profusely from a wound to his upper abdomen. The wound was bandaged and the patient transferred to the ambulance and transported in a stable condition to the Victoria Hospital for further treatment.

There were eleven fire calls for the weekend. Six bush fires, and five structural fires which resulted in the complete destruction of one wooden structure in Cacao Girard, Castries and one completely destroyed and one partially destroyed structure in Soufriere.

The Fire Service received a call at approximately 11:00 p.m., Sunday informing of a structural fire at Soufriere. Emergency personnel from the Soufriere Fire Station immediately responded. Upon arrival on the scene, fire personnel discovered one wooden structure measuring approximately 20×19 feet completely destroyed and another measuring approximately 21×30 feet partially destroyed by fire.

There were no particular challenges associated with extinguishing this fire. It was promptly brought under control by the response team. No one was reported injured as it relates to this incident.

Earlier that same day the Fire Service received a call at approximately 10:50 a.m., informing of a structural fire at Cacao Girard, Castries. Emergency personnel from the Fire Service Headquarters immediately responded. As a result one wooden structure measuring approximately 16×12 feet was completely destroyed by fire. No one was reported injured.

Police on Saturday were summoned to the scene of what they are calling a suspicious death, not a suspected suicide as reported.

Eustace Jean, 73, resident of Church Street Soufriere was found at his residence suspended from a rope by the neck, according to police who say the circumstances surrounding his death is under investigation.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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