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Kyle Thomas, who
is just 19 years old and
curity guard for two
months with Amalga-
mated Security Servic-
es, is now being hailed
a hero as he risked
his own life to try and
save three people who
got into difficulties
while bathing at Ma-
racas Bay on Sunday.
Two, however, died -
they were identified as
Premchand Ramlal, 50,
of Fyzabad and Sandra
Singh, 53, of Penal.
However, the lone
survivor, who Thomas
was able to get to first
has been identified as
Canadian national Ron
Speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday while
at Maracas Bay and on
duty, Thomas said he
wished to meet with
"I really want to know
grateful that I was able to
save his life. I really tried
my best with the wom-
to know that she didn't
make it," Thomas said.
Thomas said at about
station, which is cur-
rently being constructed,
when he received a phone
call that there were some
people drowning in front
of the lifeguard building.
"Without thinking I
started to run straight
down there and just took
off my boots and my jer-
sey and ran straight in the
water. I saw two people at
first. I was able to reach
the guy first and brought
him out on the shore and
placed him on the sand.
I ran back in and at that
time I remembered be-
ing very scared but I was
determined to bring her
out too. While bringing
her out, a lifeguard, who
lived in the area, reached
by this time and helped
me bring her out. He
placed her on the sand
and began to do CPR be-
cause I didn't know how
to do it," Thomas said.
The third victim,
Thomas said had already
gone under and as a result
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Security officer Kyle Thomas
recounts his rescue mission
yesterday at Maracas Bay.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Maracas double drowning tragedy
Hero guard: 'I tried
to save them all'
Beach goers, local
and foreigners, looking
forward to visit popular
beaches Maracas Bay
and Las Cuevas for the
July/August vacation pe-
riod are being warned to
either stay away or visit
at their own risk.
This warning came
yesterday from life-
guards who are stationed
at the most popular tour-
ist attractions in the
They said the
poor working conditions,
lack of the appropriate
equipment and machinery and the availability of only
one ambulance, which serves as more of a transport
vehicle rather than one well-equipped with life-saving
machines was to blame for their action.
According to lifeguard spokesperson, Augustus
Sylvester, they are unable to efficiently and effectively
carry out their duties.
On Sunday, three people got into difficulties at
Maracas Bay, two died. The drowning victims were
identified as Premchand Ramlal, 50, of Fyzabad and
Sandra Singh, 53, of Penal. The survivor was identified
as a Canadian national Ron Rampersad.
Augustus said he believes that the drownings could
have been prevented if they had only received that
promised meeting with the Minister of National Se-
curity, Edmund Dillon back in April.
He said that they had a proposal which included
having a 24-hour lifeguard watch in place at the two
"One of the proposal is to have a skeleton staff
after hours, overnight. The Minister promised to meet
with us on April 24 but it never happened. We are
being treated like the bastard children of the min-
istry. Who knows if they had sit down with us to
discuss those people may have been alive today,"
Another proposal Sylvester had was the refurbish-
ment of the lifeguard towers, which were so deplor-
able that they have now cordoned off with caution
tape. He said lifeguards are now forced to patrol the
shore line and stand watch from the shoreline.
"So...right now I don't think it is safe for members
of the public to come to the beach because of the
conditions. If they do, it will be a risk that they will be
taking in terms of their own safety because, we, the
lifeguards are not guaranteeing their safety because
of the present conditions we work under," he said. RD
was unable to reach him
at the time. His body was
found just after 10 pm.
Thinking of his actions
on Sunday, Thomas said
again he would.
"I may not be a life-
guard but I grew up here
at Maracas Bay and know
how to swim and know
how to handle the rip
currents. I really didn't
think about what I was
doing but all I know was
that I had to help those
people and try and save
speaks to reporters at
Maracas Bay yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Faulty equipment hamper work
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