Suspected pirates for court today
- victims identify stolen engine among recovered booty
At least two boat owners who were hijacked over the weekend while fishing in the Waini area are a bit relieved as some of their stolen articles have been recovered by the police.
One of them is Vibert Singh of Annandale, East Coast Demerara. He was a victim of pirates over the weekend but made it back to land safe with his four crew members.
Singh said that he and his crew members were held at gunpoint on Saturday evening and was rescued by a trawler which also was attacked by pirates on Saturday evening.
Singh, however, told this publication that the 48-horsepower engine which was stolen from him has been recovered and is currently in the possession of the police at Police Headquarters Eve Leary.
The man said that he was invited to the police station where he positively identified his engine which was among other items.
Three men who were arrested with the items in their possession are expected to appear in court some time later today.
Recounting his ordeal at sea, Singh said that around 20:00 hours on Saturday, he and crew members were chatting as they lay in the boat when they heard the sound of a boat coming towards them.
“We didn’t pay any mind to the boat but by the time we get up one of the man from the other boat done deh pon we boat with a gun and he carry everybody to the back of the boat,” Singh recalled.
He added that the men then began enquiring who the captain of the boat was, but the captain failed to identify himself out of fear.
“The captain just keep he mouth shut so I turn and tell them that I is the captain and the boss man and then he say, ‘throw he overboard’ and then they start searching up the boat and they tek away a drum of fuel.”
Singh told this publication that the men then searched the cabin of the boat for cellular phones but they only found one phone.
“They tek away the one cell phone, some fish glue and a torchlight, and then they tell me to loose off the boat engine and I beg them. I tell them don’t tek the engine because I got debt to pay back but one of dem cuss me and tell me tek off the engine.”
Singh said that before the men fled one of them enquired from him the extent of his debt and told him not to worry, ‘God will provide’.
“They tell me that when this thing reach the news they ain’t want see nothing about how they beat we up because they ain’t touch none ah we.”
Satisfied with their booty the men fled in their boat. Singh and his crew members were rescued the following morning by a trawler and its crew members who were also attacked.
“Them men say they get hit too but the men didn’t getting off the engine so they try to break it up but the engine de working li’l still so the boat tow we to Charity and we mek a report.”
Singh added that while at Charity he contacted relatives who traveled to the area with an engine so that they could continue their journey back to Annandale.
Over the weekend there had been reports of several pirate attacks in Region One. Acting on information, the police arrested three persons and recovered some stolen items.
And contrary to prior reports, the pirate suspects were not captured by the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, but by ranks of the Guyana Police Force.