The father of an Australian man who drowned in the Caribbean last year said he is “very close” to getting refugee status in Canada.
The 33-year-old man, named as Maddy, who was rescued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, drowned on Dec. 6 after falling into the ocean while on a boat from St. Maarten to Jamaica, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand Mounted police.
The RCMP said the man was “extremely distraught and distraught” by the incident, and that he had “lost all hope of ever seeing his family again.”
He had previously been released from jail on bail in connection with an assault charge, according the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is looking into whether the RCMP mishandled the case.
Maddy is the second Australian to have drowned in recent years.
In October 2015, a 24-year old man drowned off the coast of Bonaire, France, after plunging into the water while attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The man died on shore.