UPDATE: Man dies after being stung by bees
A man has died after being stung by bees in St Philip today.
Public relations officer with the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector Roland Cobbler confirmed the incident to Loop News:
"We are conducting investigations into the unnatural death of a man in his mid to late twenties.
"At about 1:52 this afternoon police received a report of a man being attacked by a swarm of bees in Marchfield in St Philip. In responding to that report the officers discovered the man who was unresponsive and he was later pronounced dead at the scene."
Investigations are in their early stages and more details will be provided in an update.
UPDATE [9:35 p.m.]:
The deceased has been identified as 35-year-old Nicholas Jeremy Shepherd of Marchfield, St. Philip.
So far police investigations have revealed that Shepherd was picking mangoes from a tree in the district when he was attacked by a swarm of bees. He quickly ran from the area of the tree seeking refuge on a nearby property, but later died at the scene.
To facilitate the removal of the bee hive from the tree, the roadway between the Wynter Crawford Roundabout and Marchfield Main Road will be closed temporarily between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017.
Motorists are advised to use an alternative route during this time.