By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Senior Reporter
POLICE have charged 13 people on Exuma with breaking the government’s 24-hour curfew to host a beach party.
Police press liaison officer Shanta Knowles said the people will be formally arraigned as soon as authorities get a magistrate on the island.
Chief Supt Knowles said to date, 504 people in the country have been charged with breaking the curfew, which was implemented to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Last month, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis closed public beaches after large crowds of people assembled on some of them.
A source in Exuma said during the recent beach party, some residents participated in Jet Ski races. A video seen by this newspaper, purportedly of the gathering, showed more than a dozen people on the beach.
This comes after a man, Antonio “Rat” Rolle, died in a boating accident on Exuma on Saturday. Chief Superintendent of Police Kevin Mortimer confirmed to this newspaper that his death was not linked to the beach party.
Mr Rolle’s older brother, Hansel Rolle, told The Tribune he witnessed the tragic incident unfold.
“He was taking the boat to the ramp to pull the trailer and take it out of the water and apparently he got thrown out of the boat and the boat turned around, came back and the propeller cut him in his head,” he said.
“We was in the area and we saw what happened and then we went to assist him, but unfortunately when the guy dived him up he was unresponsive.”