Yves Pierre: Port St. Lucie officers jump into canal to try and save 18-year-old man from drowning

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Officers with the Port St. Lucie Police Department jumped into a canal to locate an 18-year-old man who had jumped into the water after a disturbance at his family's home.

According to a police, officers responded to the 5400 block of NW Moorheen Trail in reference to a disturbance at an apartment around 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

While en route to the apartment, officers noticed 18-year-old Yves Pierre running along the canal banks naked about 300 yards from the apartments.

Officer Ben Caudhill attempted to make contact with Pierre but officers say he continued to run south and jump into the canal.

Officer Caudhill noticed Pierre flailing his arms so he jumped in after him.

According to police spokesman Frank Sabol, while Officer Caudhill was attempting to pull Pierre out of the water, Pierre grabbed the officer's vest and submerged the both of them in the water.

Two more officers on the call - officers Suzannie Moore and Amanda McCarty - arrived on scene and also jumped into the water to assist.

The three officers were able to get Pierre out of the water and perform CPR on him.

While officers were trying to revive Pierre, St. Lucie County Fire Rescue arrived and transported Pierre to an area hospital. 

Pierre was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and detectives are still trying to determine what caused Pierre to jump into the canal.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the call came in to police due to Pierre acting erratic at and trying to leave his home.  

Pierre’s 26-year-old sister tried to calm him down but was unable to keep him from leaving the house as police were responding.


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