Badly burned Venezuelan seamen leave for homeland
The two remaining Venezuelan seamen, who were badly burned two Sundays ago, while transporting illegal fuel to Guyana, yesterday left for their homeland.
Ruiz Domingo, 55, and Elizaul Eli, 56, accompanied by the Venezuela Ambassador and other staff from the Embassy departed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport yesterday.
It is now unclear whether these men will be charged for smuggling fuel, but a source within the Venezuela Embassy told Kaieteur News that they (the Embassy and Venezuelan authorities) are focusing on the health of the two men.
“Right now I can’t say anything about that (penalty) but all I know is that these men will be treated at one of the country’s best hospitals,” the source claimed.
Two Sundays ago, four Venezuelan seamen were badly burned at Morawhanna, North West District, following an explosion aboard a trawler.
There are reports that the men were involved in an illegal fuel transaction when the mishap occurred.
There is information that the crewmen were in the engine room pumping fuel onto their trawler when the pump began to malfunction. They attempted to rectify the problem when an explosion occurred. They sustained burns to their faces, upper bodies and limbs.
They were rushed to the Mabaruma Hospital before being transported by plane to Ogle, then to GPHC, where two of them succumbed.