The deaths of 37-year-old Mohini Misra and her five-year-old son, Shray, appears to be an accident, according to Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney who confirmed that after police investigation, including an eyewitness account, they believe the tragic event to be the result of what appears to be an accident.
The case however remains within the jurisdiction of the coroner whose independent judicial officers will have to make the final determination on the cause of death. Rodney shared that the coroner’s investigation remains open.
Mohini was with her son and husband Satwick visiting Antigua from Canada last year when the incident happened.
Shray was struck by a wave while sightseeing at Devil’s Bridge last December with his parents. His father Misra had been unable to save them after they both fell into the water at the popular tourist site. Witnesses say the young boy reportedly slipped as a wave slammed against the rocks where they had gone to take pictures of the sunrise.
The boy instinctively reached out to his mother, which caused both of them to fall into rough waters. The 37-year-old father, who was a short distance away from his wife and son, reached out to his wife to save them but lost his grip on her. According to reports, despite being unable to swim, Satwick then dove into the water in an attempt to rescue them, failing which he had to be rescued himself by passing joggers.
The bodies of Mohini and Shray Misra were repatriated to their family’s birthplace in India after the police completed their investigation, and an autopsy was carried out last year.
The family of three had arrived in Antigua on November 23 and had been staying at an AirBnB in Seatons. They were scheduled to leave Antigua at 4 p.m. on the day of the incident.
This was the second death recorded at Devil’s bridge last year after a Canadian man was killed after falling off of the limestone formation.
N.B. An earlier version of this story said that the police investigation was the official results which ruled the incident as an accident. The story has been updated to clarify the status of that investigation.