By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Attorney-at-Law for Princess Hotel Guyana, Ramona Vansluytman says the establishment is in no position to accept responsibility for the death of 17 – year – old Shemar Edwards who met his unfortunate demise on Saturday evening (January 25) after drowning in the hotel’s pool.
Vansluytman has disregarded the event as a sad and unfortunate accident. When contacted by iNews, the lawyer said that there is video footage available which will show that the teen was with a group of other youths ‘jumping around and having a good time’ and she is sure that will form part of police investigation.
The Attorney told iNews that firstly there was a lifeguard on duty at the time but whether that was adequate to supervise the amount of persons present at pool at the time, she declined to comment.
She also added that all safety rules and regulations were followed on the part of the hotel, including appropriate and visible signs.
Meanwhile, Vansluytman said no formal litigation has been received by Hotel Management from the relatives of the now dead Edwards.
Initial reports indicate that the young man of East Ruimveldt was with friends at the time of his death. iNews understands that Edwards told his friends that he wanted to take one last plunge in the pool before leaving to go home.
And it was his last plunge, indeed. Reports indicate that he may have hit his head upon plunging into the pool. He was rushed to the Diamond Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A police investigation is currently in process and a report will be made public shortly.