On Tuesday May 28th, the body of a male was recovered at a beach along Mathurin Point in Vieux Fort. No formal identification of the body has yet been made. Four days before the discovery of the body, on Friday May 24th at approximately 7:30 pm, a Police Marine Unit vessel intercepted a local canoe during a routine patrol. The canoe named “Corrie” was intercepted at about one hundred yards off Mathurin Point in Vieux Fort.
There were two occupants on board the canoe at the time of interception. One of the occupants in an attempt to flee from the Marine Unit jumped overboard. Searches were conducted in the area for the said individual, but to no avail. The body of the male who was subsequently discovered at the beach along Mathurin Point is believed, but not confirmed, to be that of the individual who jumped overboard.
The second occupant was arrested after police discovered and seized sixty three pounds of what appeared to be cannabis from the said canoe. The individual was identified as Saint Lucian National, Martinez Fontenelle, of Bruceville, Vieux Fort. Martinez Fontenelle was later charged for Possession of a Controlled Drug. He was subsequently escorted to the Second District Court where he was granted bail in the amount of an undisclosed sum.