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Beach lime ends in tragedy: woman drowns

By Alexander Bruzual

What was supposed to be a fun afternoon at the beach on Sunday ended in tragedy for a Diego Martin family as 21-year-old Shanelle Bacchus drowned in the waters of Tyrico Bay. 

Police reported that at about 4 p.m., Bacchus, a mother of one, was on the shores of Tyrico beach with her two-year-old daughter Taraji and a group of friends, when she decided she was going back into the waters to wash the sand off her body. 

While she was washing off her head, relatives noticed that she went under the waters and wasn’t coming back up. An alarm was raised, and several members of the group rushed to the assistance of the 21-year-old. However, by the time they reached her, she was not breathing. Bacchus’s body was brought to the shore, but several attempts to revive her proved unsuccessful. 

The police were notified and a district medical officer was contacted, and eventually ordered the body’s removal. 

Yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, Bacchus’s mother, Sheryl Edwards, said she was still trying to come to terms with the death of her youngest child. 

“She was my blessed child. Now that’s not saying anything against my two other children, but Shanelle had a special place in my heart. She was the youngest,” Edwards said. 

Investigations are continuing. 

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