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Cops, passer-by rescue 82-y-o man from flooded cabin

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:00 AMJason Cross
Courtney Coubrie, Superintendent in charge of operations at the police traffic division, and deputy superintendent Errol Adams assisting 82-year-old Kenneth Reid, whose makeshift house at Ackee Walk in Portmore, St Catherine, was flooded on Tuesday.

As heavy rains pounded sections of the island this week, forcing several persons to flee their flooded homes, 82-year-old Kenneth Reid had to be rescued by police officers from his cabin on the banks of the Rio Cobre in St Catherine on Tuesday.

Courtney Coubrie, superintendent in charge of operations at the police traffic division, and Deputy Superintendent Errol Adams lifted the senior citizen out of the rising waters and took him to the side of the road before putting him in a Toyota Coaster bus and transporting him to a shelter.

Coubrie told The Gleaner, "The elderly man you saw there, he has his home inside the bush there, and the Rio Cobre burst its banks and came over to where he was living, so he was trapped. We sought the assistance of a passer-by, who removed his clothing and went for him. We have contacted the municipality and we are in dialogue with the mayor and others there for them to come and collect him and to treat with the situation. We stopped a passing bus and had him taken to a safer place to have him shelter from the weather."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com