Young 18-year-old, drowning victim, Dustin Ranger.
18-year-old, drowning victim, Dustin Ranger.

(Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, The Bahamas)  Police on island are investigating an alleged drowning in Hatchet Bay, Central Eleuthera, on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, which resulted in the death of an 18 year old young man, Dustin Ranger.

According to reports, shortly before 6:00pm, a group of young men were walking along the sea rocks near the water’s edge in the area of Seaside Beach, Hatchet Bay, when they decided to jump into the water.  Dustin, when he jumped in, it was said that he immediately came to the surface, holding his arm up and requesting assistance to get out of the water.  His friends, said reports, were not able to pull him up to the rocks, and he slipped away from their hands and became submerged a second time.

Several men arrived shortly afterward and assisted in pulling the young man from the water, and transported him to the community clinic in Hatchet Bay.

Medical staff attempted to revive him, but they were not successful, and he was pronounced dead shortly after 7pm.

Messages of disbelief and condolences to the Ranger family poured out via social media, following the tragic incident.  An older sibling of Dustin, on social media, expressed later on Tuesday evening, “I am absolutely heart broken.  I can’t find words to describe what’s going on in my heart.  I love you.  I’m happy I was able to tell you that many times while you were still alive.”

An autopsy, said authorities, will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.  Local Police say that investigations are ongoing.