SAINT-HYACINTHE | A 15 year old girl who could not swim perished in the river Yamaska, on Monday evening, after having possibly dropped during a photo session with a friend.
“She could not swim. It hurts… It really is hard “, dropped yesterday Solange Cayi, a family friend, Cynthia Wilson, while she was holding company to the mother of the latter, still very shaken by the tragedy.
Relatives of Cynthia Wilson gathered yesterday near the dam where she drowned the day before in Saint-Hyacinthe.
The day before, his 15 year old daughter was playing with a young neighbor of 11 years, residing on the impasse Eugène-Tremblay, Saint-Hyacinthe, in the Montérégie region.
Together, the two friends would be made without notifying their parents on the outskirts of the Yamaska river, at the height of the dam Penman’s, about 1.5 km from their homes.
It is a popular place for photo shooting and fishing, was able to see The Log, yesterday.
Once on-site, the teens participated in a session of photos and selfies — self — portraits- with the cell of the youngest.
At around 18: 30, the teenager of 15 years would have dropped a sandal in the water.
She would have “done everything” to get it back, and would have possibly fallen by slipping on a rock, has reported Thierry Sobze, a friend of the family because of the sequence of events.
The young girl of 11 years who has been a witness of all the scene was told that at a certain moment, only the backpack of Cynthia Wilson whirled to the surface of the river.
“She has not measured the magnitude of the risk of this gesture, which proved to be fatal, if is sorry Mr. Sobze. If she had known how to swim, maybe she could wrestle, if she still had knowledge. “
Research in the black
The lifeless body of the teen was eventually found late in the evening, around 23 h, not far from the place where she had fallen.
This has required long and difficult research work, carried out partly in the dark, by the fire of Saint-Hyacinthe— and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
“In all, 16 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, 10 of our intervention brigade nautique, said yesterday Brigitte Massé, a spokesman for the City of Saint-Hyacinthe. The river has very little flow, except at this place. This is not a place conducive to swimming. “
Yesterday, the drowning of the teenager has caused a commotion within the small community of the area. Several residents have gone to offer their condolences to his mother, who has four other children.
“It was a little girl with a lot of energy. She loved to get out ” testified Thierry Sobze.
“It was a girl, very respectful, very quiet. She had the joy of living, ” she said in tears Solange Cayi, who considered himself to be an aunt to the deceased.
“His mother is inconsolable, has testified of his uncle, Justin Mbamboute, on the waves of LCN. When we went to see the body of Cynthia, she was really battered. “
“Allergic to water “
The latter is the result of difficulty which is able to attract the girl near the water courses.
“She is allergic to water, even pool water. She does not like the water. I don’t know what could have happened, has shown the uncle, grief-stricken. It is a terrible tragedy. “
– With Cédérick Caron and QMI Agency
- The SQ investigation to determine the course of events.