Police sadly confirmed today that the youngest of two toddlers in the car that went overboard at Shark Hole in Hamilton Parish this morning “has since been pronounced dead”.
The toddler’s tragic death was confirmed at the scene by Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels, who said a number of courageous people jumped overboard to help.
Passing motorists and Works and Engineering staff did not hesitate to assist with the rescue.
Mr Daniels also said they had to take turns going under the water to get to the three passengers.
Still no official word on the child’s age. Reports reaching Bermuda Real indicate that the child may have been just months old, if not weeks.
Speaking to TNN, Sergeant Scott Quinn of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, said members of the public were already in the water helping the occupants when they arrived.
“We received a call of reports that a car was overboard. Firefighters were in the water and we had off duty firefighters trying to assist as well,” he said.
“When we arrived there were persons in the water trying to help remove people from the vehicle.
“Appliances from Clearwater Station and Hamilton Station responded with eight (8) personnel,” he added.
Meanwhile, traffic diversions remain in effect in the Shark Hole, Hamilton Parish area.
“Currently motorists are being rerouted at Paynters Road and Wilkinson Avenue, while inquiries continue at the scene regarding the circumstances of this tragic incident,” the spokesman added.
The cause of this tragic accident is now under investigation.
Any witnesses are urged to call 211 or the main police number 295-0011 as soon as possible.
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