Boat sinks during storm, three passengers missing
- pregnant woman among five survivors
Police are scouring the Essequibo River for three persons who are feared drowned after a boat manned by an unlicensed operator capsized on Thursday near Omai during a storm.
Those missing were identified as Junior Nurse, of Seven Miles, Mahdia; Sherwyn Haynes, 29, of Blue Berry Hill, Wismar; and Norman Newton, also of Blue Berry Hill, Wismar.
Reports indicate that Haynes drowned shortly after saving his pregnant wife, who, along with five others, survived the ordeal.
The traumatised woman was treated at the Mackenzie Hospital. Troy Haynes, a brother of Sherwyn Haynes, was also listed among the survivors.
Police sources said that the boat captain, identified as Rondell Fraser of Victory Valley, Wismar, has been held for questioning at Mabura.
Kaieteur News understands that most of the passengers were miners who were coming from the interior when the mishap occurred.
Police said that none of the passengers was wearing life-jackets. According to reports, the vessel carrying the captain and seven passengers was in the vicinity of Omai when it began to rain heavily.
The boat began to take in water and eventually sank some 18 metres from the shore.
Five of the passengers managed to swim to land.
The survivors then realised that Nurse, Haynes, and Newton were missing.
Reports indicate that Haynes, one of the missing men, became exhausted after assisting his wife to the shore.
Up to press time last night, relatives of the missing men were checking at the Mackenzie Hospital and the Mackenzie Police Station for word of their fate.