Jul 11, 2011 News
Passengers who were on their way to Bartica, Region Seven, yesterday morning were given quite a scare after the speedboat they were travelling in began to take in water around an area in the Essequibo River known as “Baboon Hole”.
Reports are that around 08:00 hrs while in the Essequibo River, the engine of the speed-boat started “sputtering” and eventually stopped working. Water then began to seep into the speed-boat.
Persons who were able to get signals on their telephone immediately called for assistance as pandemonium broke out.
According to one speedboat operator, he received the message that one of the boats was experiencing difficulties in the river, and it was a matter of emergency. By the time he arrived at the spot all of the passengers were rescued and safe while a number of boats surrounded the faulty speedboat.
Kaieteur News understands that many boats responded to the urgency of the message and ventured out into the water to assist in whatever way they could. Some carried food items and drinks while others went empty to facilitate the affected passengers.
Nobody was hurt.
The speedboat operator said “it cannot be predicted. Sometimes the engines good, good and then when you reach out something unexpected happens. It isn’t anyone’s fault. It is just a good thing we all look out for one another and nobody was injured.”
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