Jul 15, 2011 News
The three sailors who told police that they were rescued by a fishing vessel after the trawler they were travelling in exploded, are said to be resting safe with their families. This publication was told that the men who were detained to assist with the investigation were released on Wednesday evening after brief interrogation.
In the meantime, a source close to the investigation said that they are still seeking the owner of the trawler, as it is believed that the boat was smuggling fuel at time of the explosion.
The three men were rescued from a fiery death when their trawler ‘Atlantic Star’ burst into flames on the Essequibo River near the island of Leguan on Tuesday evening.
The men were rescued by a group of fishermen who saw the flames and risked their lives to help the stranded sailors.
This newspaper understands that it was around 18:00 hours when a group of fishermen who were on their way into shore, saw the flames coming from the trawler and decided to turn back to render assistance.
However when they were about to reach the vessel they saw another boat sailing off in the direction of the West Coast of Demerara. It was later learnt that that boat had already rescued the stranded sailors from the trawler. The men from the burnt-out trawler were taken ashore at Meten-Meer-Zorg.
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