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this she tried to get some of
Seegobin's friends to help
them but it was too late.
should put up signs or
have Coast Guard or put a
red flag to let people know
it have a depression there,
which is about 60 feet they
said,because nobody knew.
There was no sign warning
the public about not going
in that section. It is a place where people hike often,"
She added that Seegobin was a kind God-fearing person
and was a comedian who would always put a smile on
everyone's face wherever he went.
"He was a great provider to his family and excellent
father to his children," she said.
Cpl Stafford of Matura Police Station is continuing
investigation. In the other incident, a family outing at
Maracas Beach ended in tragedy after two people drowned
while frolicking in the water.
According to police reports, Sandra Singh, 53, of Pluck
Road, Penal, and Premchand Ramlal, 50, of Fyzabad were
with a group who went in the water shortly after eating
around 7.30 pm. The group got into difficulties and had
to be fished out by villagers and an off-duty member of
the Coast Guard. Singh, who was rescued by the Coast
Guardsman, was taken to the Port of Spain General Hos-
pital where she died. Ramlal's body washed ashore around
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Three drown over weekend
RALPH BANWARIE & JENSEN LAVENDE
Three families were throwninto mourn-
ing over the weekend, after three people
drowned in two separate incidents at Ma-
racas Beach and Matura.
In the first incident around 3.30 pm, a pic-
nic by members of New Grant family ended
in tragedy when one of them drowned while
trying to save his son and cousin, who got into
difficulties while bathing in the Mermaid Pool
at Thomas Trace, Matura.
David Seegobin, 47, of Tabaquite Road, New
Grant, disappeared under water and never
resurfaced after he attempted to help his son
Simeon, 18, and cousin Daniel Ramcharan, 13,
who both got into difficulty while swimming.
The family had gone on a picnic to the pool
and had had a day full of fun and excitement
until the two boys got into difficulty and See-
gobin dived into the pool to rescue them. While
he was successful in saving the boys, he himself
got into difficulty and disappeared under water.
The two boys were both taken to Sangre
Grande Hospital where they received medical
treatment and discharged.
Villagers, tour guides and others who were
also at the pool joined the search for Seegobin
and his body was found a few hours later.
The family made a report to the Matura
Police Station and Cpl Stafford and PC Singh
responded. District Medical Officer Dr. Bissoon
viewed the body and ordered it removed to the
Sangre Grande mortuary.
Speaking at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, yesterday, Seegobin's sister-in-law,
Dinah Ramcharan, said he died hero, noting
they two relatives "dropped" in a depression
in the pool.
"All three of them began sinking and he (See-
gobin) saw his son and nephew going under and
pushed his son out of the water. I saw him take
a deep breath and pushed his son out and then
he went under the water and didn't come back
up," Ramcharan said.
18,180 SEA students
get results today
Although Education Minister Anthony Garcia is
set to visit the schools of the top three performing
students in this year's Secondary Entrance Assess-
ment (SEA) exam this morning as the results are
released nationally, the names of the schools and
students have been kept secret.
In fact, the media have also been kept in the dark as
to the results, having been informed yesterday that the
names of the students and schools would only be released
early today. Although 18,240 students were scheduled
to write the exam on May 4, only 18,180 actually sat the
exam, comprising 9,154 males and 9,026 females.
Confirming yesterday that all primary school principals
were advised to collect the results from their respective
Education District Offices at 9 am today, ministry offi-
cials yesterday estimated the results would be released
to students and parents by 10 am. In a brief release, the
ministry urged parents to ensure they receive he Student
Performance Report, Placement Slip and the SEA Infor-
mation Booklet containing "Frequently Asked Questions
regarding SEA." The students were assessed in Creative
Writing, Mathematics and English Language.
Garcia yesterday assured all students had secured a
place at a secondary school as there was no shortage of
available spaces. Garcia reinforced the State's universal
education policy, which assures each child's right to an
education beginning from the level of the Early Childhood
Care and Education (ECCE) through primary school and
then to secondary school.
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