Monday, December 18, 2017

Lost in the forest, boy, 8, rescued


Happy to be back: Shivanand Latchman with his father Balram Latchman at the family home in Waterloo today. Photo by DAVE PERSAD

Donstan Bonn

AN eight year old was lost for more than eight hours yesterday in a forested area of Freeport during an outing with his family.

Shivanand Latchman was found at around 9.30 p.m. by a party of police officers, villagers, sniffer dogs assisted by aerial support.

Latchman, a standard two pupil, of Wyaby Road, Waterloo had gone into a forested area in Chickland with his father, 12year-old sister and three neighbours to dig for yams.

At around 12.30 p.m. the neighbours were going to retrieve their lunch from the car which was parked approximately 30 metres away and out of sight.

The boy, his older sister, and two neighbours went to the car, and then ran back towards their family members. The younger brother returned, but the older sibling did not, police said. The relatives immediately began calling out to the boy and searching for him, but he could not be found.

Villagers were told of the missing boy, and police officers of the Freeport and Chaguanas Police Stations were called in.

A search party of more than 100 persons and sniffer dogs, combed the forested area, with police helicopters circling overhead.

At around 9.30 p.m. the boy was found, and police said he was unharmed.

Police said the boy was immediately taken for medical treatment, and he would be visited by counselors today.