Teenager drowns in Debe river
A TEENAGER who was abandoned by his mother when he was six days old drowned on Saturday after jumping into a river in Debe.
His father is an ex-convict.
Sixteen-year-old Dillon Lalchan was liming with three friends at Tulsa Trace picnic site in Debe at around 3 p.m. when he jumped into the river, known as Three Mouth River. He did not resurface.
Approximately 12 persons who were at the site began searching for him. His body was eventually found at around 5 p.m. by rescuers who dived into the river to look for him.
Lalchan's uncle, Ivan Lalchan, said he was told by those who retrieved his body that his nephew was tangled in vines underwater.
Ivan Lalchan, who lives at Serenity Heights in Debe, said Dillon had just started working at the Debe market with a group of other teenagers.
"He was a good person. I never had any problems with him. It was just that he never had any parents to take care of him."
Dillon was left in the care of his grandmother as a child. He lived with another uncle in Debe.
A watchman near the site told the media that signs should be put up warning persons not to bathe in the river.
Lalchan said: "I think what happened to him was terrible. The area is a developed area where people go and make cooks and lime a bit. They should have some sort of warning signs in the area and a lifeguard. The water over there is very deep."
An autopsy is expected to take place today.