A 57-YEAR-old Princes Town labourer who was not known to his family to be a swimmer, is believed to have drowned on Sunday.
Clyde Mohammed, of Second Corial Road, Iere Village, was pulled out of a pond near his home after he got into difficulties.
Police said Mohammed went to bathe in the pond at Corial Road after working at a nearby garden.
A neighbour, Mootilal Rampersad, saw Mohammed struggling in the water and pulled him onto the bank of the river.
Nazir Kalloo, who was standing nearby, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Mohammed.
An Emergency Health Services (EHS) ambulance took Mohammed to the Princes Town Health Centre where he was pronounced dead.
Mohammed's older brother, Dennis Mohammed, said the pond where the incident occurred was a new man-made pond.
"I didn't know him to be a swimmer. But people who work at a garden usually bathe and wash off in a pond, especially if they were using chemicals," Dennis Mohammed said.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted at the San Fernando Mortuary today. —SM