Ten days ago, 29-year-old Roy Grinage lost his life when he drowned in the Belize River. Grinage was an employee at the Santander Sugar Group and was on his way to work when the incident happened. The company spoke on the case today. According to Jose Rodriguez, the company’s CEO, they are uncertain as to why Grinage jumped into the river and that the company ferries workers across the river on a daily basis. Rodriguez went on to say that they have been proposing to the Government to have a bridge installed in the area, but their requests have gone unanswered.
Jose Rodriguez, CEO, Santander Sugar Group: “That was a very unfortunate incident. Roy didn’t wait for the boat to come back from the other side of the river because there is a boat twenty four hours a day ,double shift, that takes people from one place to another. In our plans we really don’t know what he was really thinking but he went into the river and started swimming and well, very unfortunate and we’re very sad as a family, we consider Santander a family and we’re very sad that this incident happened. We are proposing to the Minister of Works to build the bridge to cross over the Belize River to be able to go in a very close distance to the Cotton Tree bump. Right now we go ahead and we drive twenty four miles going through Roaring Creek and including close to the road going to Valley of Peace but there is an opportunity by building a bridge to go and get out of the area through Cotton Tree.”
Grinage was a tractor operator for the company. His family suspected foul play considering that he was an excellent swimmer and ex-military. His post mortem, however, did not highlight any evidence or foul play.