By Makeida Antonio
Government officials have expressed their deepest condolences to the family of an Italian tourist who apparently drowned on Saturday morning.
Police say the death of the 68-year-old woman, who reportedly died during a visit to Valley Church Beach, is under investigation.
The woman’s identity has not yet been revealed.
Minister of Tourism Charles Fernandez sent his condolences to the woman’s family and friends and explained that details remained sparse about the cause of the incident.
“It is a very unfortunate accident, and we of course express our sincere condolences to her family and close friends. It is not something that we want to happen. The beaches in Antigua are not known to have rough waves.
“It is still too early for us to confirm whether or not it was a drowning; we are not clear on it yet, so I don’t want to jump the gun and say yes it was,” Fernandez told Observer yesterday.
The minister added that the celebration of having five cruise vessels in the Heritage Quay and Nevis Street piers simultaneously on Saturday had been dulled by the tragedy.