Mazaruni River mishap…
The body of a 27-year old woman who perished in the Mazaruni River last Saturday was brought to the city yesterday for a proper burial and family members are not too satisfied with the answers they got surrounding the circumstances of her death.
Although the relatives of Felicia Jack, are convinced that she died by drowning, there are still lingering suspicions that they want cleared up.
For one, there are reports that Jack and another female were clinging to a haversack after the boat they were travelling in capsized while navigating the Cidoku Falls, but a male subsequently pulled the other female to safety leaving Jack to perish although he was aware that she could not swim.
This is according to Jack’s brother, Edward Frank,who had travelled to the interior to recover her body.
Jack’s body was found on Sunday, a day after she drowned, but was taken to Issano and left lying in a boat until relatives picked it up and brought it to the city.
There are also reports that persons were attempting to bury the body immediately after it was found on Sunday, although decomposition had not yet begun.
“When we went to the body (Monday), she was still under a tree in a boat cover up by she self,” Frank related.
He said that he and other family members who had travelled to the interior then tried to contact the police at the Issano Police Station but no one was there, since apparently they were avoiding being near the body which had by now begun to smell.
At the station they met the captain of the ill-fated boat and enquired from him what had transpired on Saturday.
Frank said that the boat driver explained that they were going up against the falls when the engine shut down, causing the boat to topple.
According to Frank, the captain informed that there were seven persons in the boat comprising five males and two females, including Jack.
According to Frank, his sister was wearing several pieces of jewellery when the mishap occurred, none of which were recovered.
His suspicions grew after he learnt that the boat captain had earlier solicited sex from his sister but was met with a blunt rebuke.
This, he said, was confirmed by the other female who was in the boat and who survived the ordeal.
Frank said he also learnt that his sister had warned the captain not to take the route where they would encounter the falls, since there was another safer option.
But her advice was unheeded.
“Before, he ask Felicia if she could swim and she tell he no, and he mustn’t go up the falls, leh he go around. But he still go up de falls.”
“When she fly out de boat, she try fuh hold on pon a man haversack but he loose off de haversack and she and she friend hold on together. The same captain come back now and save de other girl and loose Felicia fuh go down,” Frank said.
According to the dead woman’s sister, had it not been for the man who had employed Jack, her family might not have known about her death until long after.
Jack said that from reports he received, his sister’s employer managed to obtain a telephone for her relatives and informed them that they should travel as quickly as possible to the area to recover her body since there were attempts to bury it.
Kaieteur News understands that the dead woman’s relatives paid in excess of $250,000 to bring her body out from the interior for burial which will take place today.
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