|MAN DROWNS IN POND NEAR HOME |
By STACY MOORE Tuesday, September 2 2014
INDAR GANGA has been rescued on two occasions two months ago when he got into difficulties while swimming.
But tragedy struck on Sunday when Ganga, 27, drowned when he dived into a 20-ft deep pond near his home at Snail Trace, Scotts Road, Penal. A police report stated that shortly after 12 noon, Ganga went into the pond, but failed to resurface. A search was later conducted and his body was discovered at about 4 pm. Yesterday, when Newsday visited the family’s home in Penal, Ganga’s wife Jessica, cried profusely. She said it was on two occasions her husband knocked on death’s door while swimming. She said, “I was not there this time. I was not there to save him and it hurts me to know that he is gone forever.”
Jessica said that she last saw her husband when she left the family’s home for work that morning. Ganga was supposed to visit his mother Ramdaye Ganga, who lives close by. “When I was on my way home, he called me and asked me if I was coming by his mother from work. That was the last time I heard from my husband,” Jessica said.
Jessica told Newsday when she arrived at her mother-in-law’s home, she was met by villagers and friends who were crying. the woman said she later learned husband Ganga had been drinking alcohol before he went for a swim in the pond. The pond which was recently dug for irrigation of garden crops is located at the back of Ganga’s mother’s home. Jessica said, “They told me he just took off his t-shirt and dive into the pond, but I don’t think he knew the depth of the pond.” Eyewitnesses told the family as soon as Ganga made the dive, friends noticed that he had not resurfaced. Because of the depth of the pond, no one went in to save him. The villagers, however, succeeded in pumping the water out of the pond, but Ganga was already dead. Jessica recalled that about two months ago, her husband had almost drowned in another pond in another part of the village. He also recently got into difficulties at the Quinam Beach, Siparia. Jessica, who works as a cashier at a supermarket, said she and her husband, who worked as a lorry man, had recently started building their house at Scotts Road, Penal.
An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre. Penal Police are continuing investigations.