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Jamaica: Double Death Rocks Red-Cap Porters

The mood at the Sangster International Airport on Wednesday morning was sombre as red-cap porters mourned the passing of two of their colleagues who died within 24 hours of each other.

Thirty-nine-year-old Dwayne Peart, who was forced into retirement owing to a debilitating illness less than a year ago, died on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, his former colleague, 60-year-old Lewin ‘Bigga’ Haughton, collapsed at the airport.

Haughton was later pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

“It’s not good. It’s not good at all,” were the few words Opal Atkins, administrative assistant at the Montego Bay Red Cap Porter Association, could muster when she spoke with The Gleaner on Wednesday.

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