The grandfather of England rugby star Jonathan Joseph is missing after being swept out to sea while swimming with his daughter and niece in Granada.
Byron Joseph, 87, disappeared while swimming at 5pm on Monday at La Sagesse beach on the island.
Byron Joseph, 87, (right), the grandfather of England rugby star Jonathan Joseph, is missing after being swept out to sea while swimming with his daughter and niece in Granada on Monday. Pictured above with his grandson in 2016, Mr Joseph was swept out to sea during high tide and police called off their initial search for him
Byron Joseph’s daughter said that she had lost sight of him in the water before he reappeared and was swept further out to sea after trying to swim ashore.
‘It was high tide and that is the Atlantic side of the island, so the seas can be very rough,’ she told The Times.
She and his niece Patricia Williams, 69, from England then alerted police.
Because of rough seas, the initial search for Mr Joseph was called off but was resumed on Tuesday.
Jonathan Joseph, 27, was therefore not included in England coach Eddie Jones’ squad when he named it on Wednesday.
In 2016, he posted a photo of himself on Instagram with his grandparents when they came to see him play for his club Bath in September 2016.
Jonathan Joseph, 27, who plays for club side Bath, was pulled out of England coach Eddie Jones’ squad to face face Italy at Twickenham today in the Six Nations
He wrote: ‘Grandparents made it all the way from Grenada to watch inthe pouring rain. Must be my lucky charm.’
On the same stretch of beach where his 87-year-old grandfather went missing, Scott Fitzpatrick, a 67-year-old American, got into difficulties the previous day and died in hospital.
Byron Joseph was set to move to Britain a few days after he went missing and had lived in Grenada for 20 years, a police spokeswoman said.
Jonathan Joseph’s father, Ivan, also played rugby professionally for Northampton Saints and is originally from Carriacou, a small island in the Grenadines.
Jonathan Joseph, who plays for Bath, has enjoyed an impressive career so far and made his England debut in 2012 against South Africa.
He was named England player of the year and player’s player of the year by the Rugby Player’s Association in 2015 for his performances that season.