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Screen_Shot_2014-02-03_at_8.02.01_PMA teenager lost his life on Sunday after an outing with friends turned deadly. The 13 year old drowned in dug out pond located in a marl pit near the Village of Chan Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District. While authorities in Orange Walk Town are still investigating the drowning our news team headed out to the area today and filed the following report.


Maria Novelo – Reporting


At first glance, this dug out maul pit seemingly looks like a refreshing dip on a windy Sunday afternoon, but little did a trio of friends know, the outing would end in tragedy. Thirteen year old Luis Uh, better known as ‘Paisita’ of a Mahogany Street Address, Orange Walk Town and two other friends decided to visit this area, a maul pit, located some two miles off the Chan Pine Ridge road near the dumpsite.


But the afternoon outing turned deadly after 3:00pm. Orange Walk Police was informed of the suspected drowning a little before 4:00pm and dispatched a team from the CIB and Crime Scene Branch to the secluded area.


Inspector Julius Cantun– Second Commanding, OW Police


“On arrival they met with two persons; one a minor and one Mr. Steven Perez, laborer of Palmar Village where he reported to the Police that yesterday sometime around 3:15 they had visited the maul pit along with one Luis Armando Uh, 13 years old, Belizean laborer of Louisiana Area, Orange Walk Town. Three of them were together in the maul pit area when Mr. Uh had decided to go and peep into a pit, a whole which was caused by an excavator and which at the time was filled with water.”


Inspector and Second in Command of the Orange Walk Police Department, Julius Cantun, says the maul pit had an approximate depth of 20 feet and Uh’s curiosity cost him his life.


Inspector Julius Cantun– Second Commanding, OW Police


“He slipped from the edge and he fell into the water and then efforts were made by his companions to rescue him, nevertheless, he subsequently submerges under water and he did not resurface.”


Cantun says the investigating team sought the assistance of BDF soldiers and civilians who can dive to retrieve the victim’s body which was found a little after 5:00pm.


Inspector Julius Cantun– Second Commanding, OW Police


“The body of Luis Armando Uh was retrieving from the pit and he was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where he was pronouncing dead on arrival.  The police are in the process of recording statements and the scene has been process however, the body was observed and there was no sign of violence, thus far there is no indication that any foul play was involve, nevertheless the matter is still under investigation.”


The victim was to celebrate his 14thbirthday on February 8th.

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