An 85-year-old Swiss man drowned yesterday at Culloden Bay in Tobago.
According to police reports, Albert Deichsi, a native of Switzerland, left Footprints Eco Resort and Spa, where he was a guest, around 11.45 a.m. and boarded a kayak, despite strong objections by resort manager Umar Ali and another man.
Minutes after the visitor ventured out to sea, a large wave overturned the kayak.
Officials at the resort contacted Coast Guard and police officials. Coast Guard public relations officer Lieutenant Commander Kirk Jean Baptiste said personnel were deployed and Deichsi was found off Culloden Bay and his body was taken to the jetty at Buccoo.
District medical officer Dr Ferguson pronounced Deichsi dead and ordered his removal to the mortuary at Scarborough General Hospital.
Huge waves that were expected to hit beaches throughout Trinidad and Tobago yesterday, however it was delayed. The Meteorological Office maintains its bulletin of rough seas.
Corporal Thomas of Old Grange Police Station is spearheading investigations into the incident.