Grenada’s reigning world javelin champion Anderson Peters was beaten up and thrown overboard from a party boat ride in Grenada last Wednesday.
Peters recently returned home to a grand welcome after also claiming silver at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Grenada is also celebrating its popular Spicemas carnival. A video circulating on social media showed Peters, 24, being beaten by five men and subsequently thrown overboard.
The Royal Grenada Police Force said Peters received medical attention for minor injuries. They said several crew members are in custody assisting with investigations.
The Harbour Master, a Trinidadian pleasure boat, is owned by Adrian Scoon, son of Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.
Peters said on social media that he is feeling better and faces “a long road to full recovery”. He wrote: “Phew …! The past few days have been a rollercoaster for me — from being excited to return home after two great competitions, to being quickly ripped of such excitement replaced with pain and discomfort. I know that you’re all concerned about my well-being, so please, know that I’m feeling better than I was in the immediate aftermath.”
The Royal Grenada Police Force said that six Trinidadians were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
Five men were charged with one count of grievous harm and stealing and one man was charged with assault on Peters. Five men were also charged with causing harm to Peters’ brother Kiddon.
Peters, who got his start in throwing by hurling rocks at mango trees, is a two-time reigning world champion.