Rio Seco Waterfall. (Image courtesy Destination Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.)

Exactly one week after Manzanilla High School student, 19-year-old Tristan Mathison (of Warrenvale, Guaico, Sangre Grande) drowned at Rio Seco Waterfall in Matura, another 19-year-old student has drowned. 

The second person to drown at the site in several days has been identified as Stephon Logan, a 19-year-old student of #16, Porters Lane, Siparia.

The Siparia resident lost his life on Saturday 27 June 2020.

According to eye-witness reports, at about 4 pm on Saturday, Logan—who was a member of a hiking group, consisting mainly of students from Siparia and Fyzabad—was bathing with his friends at Rio Seco Waterfall when he got into difficulties and disappeared under water. 

He reportedly never re-surfaced.  Guardian Media understands that his friends searched for his body all night and into morning, but to no avail.

A report about Logan’s drowning was made to the Matura Police around 6 pm on Saturday.

A party of police officers visited the scene on Sunday morning, accompanied by a rescue team consisting of Police, Fire officers and villagers of Matura.

Logan’s body was discovered around 10 am.

The body was viewed by the District Medical Officer and removed by undertakers to the Sangre Grande Hospital mortuary. From there, it will be taken to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, for post mortem on Monday.

This is the second drowning in eight days to have occurred at Rio Seco Waterfalls, Matura.

Last Saturday, 19-year-old Tristan Mathison of Warren Vale, Guaico, Sangre Grande, went on a hike with his family and friends, when he drowned at the Rio Seco Waterfall.  Reports are that he had asked with his girlfriend to join him for a last dip, before he disappeared under water and never re-surfaced. His lifeless body was retrieved by his family.