just got back on the site as we are counting down for our return to NH Real on Feb. 6 to 13. Wanted tocheck for updates etc.
I also recevied a call from my sister who lives in Stoneham, quebec City last evening. The man who lost his life is my sister’s best friend’s brother. My sister knew him very well.
From what I am being told, the were staying at Grand Paradise but were on the beach next door where a new resort is being built. If a resort is being built, I can’t imagine that there would be much security/life guards etc. flags and/or posted warnings???
All the articles and reports are very consistent and accurate. They were only in knee deep water when a huge wave knocked Marlene (the wife) out and the current was dragging her out to sea. Michel went in to bring her back but it became apparent that the current was far too strong. He managed to get her to turn on her back and dragged her towards the beach where her other friend was able to bring her back to the beach. From what I was told, Marlene thought that she was going to die and even told Michel to stop coming towards her as she did not want him to die with her.
3 locals jumped in to try and help Michel. They were able to get to him but he was ot responding and a doctor whobecame curious with all the commotion tried to revive him but it was too late.
Here’s the quicker: after the body was picked up and some of the paperwork was cleared by Tours Mont rRyal who was according to my sister, the best people to deal with, the body cannot just be put on a plane. It has to be embalmed or cremated in DR. cost $800.00 CASH. No credit cards acepted.
Now, they were to borad the plane that evening for their return home. their 21 year old son was also retuning form 1 week in Cuba. Their flights were coming in to the airport 2 hrs appart and they were to reunite at the airport and share the ride home. Marlene’s sister had to scramble to get to the airport to meet with the 21 year old who could not understand why the airline complany would not give information as to why his parents had not arrived from Punta Cana.
This is just so terrible. I would like everyone to join Shawn and I in offering our sincere Condoleances to Marlene and the kids. I would also like to send all my thoughts to Marlene to be strong. Marlene please remeber how blessed you are to have been loved so much by Michel that he did not not even stopped to think about his own safety but was only concerned with yours.