– mother critical
A nine-month-old baby died tragically when two speed boats collided in the Cuyuni River around 10:30 hours yesterday.
The baby, Sarah Simmons, appeared to have died almost instantly after the smash up, which also left her mother 32-year-old Nandanie Singh clinging for her life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
The baby’s father and four other persons from the boat, including the captain, survived the accident.
Police in a press release, yesterday said that investigations are being conducted into an incident which occurred in the vicinity of Matub Back Channel, Cuyuni River.
According to the police, investigations so far have revealed that Sarah Simmons was in the company of her mother and father George Simmons of Bartica, travelling in a boat from Aranka to Bartica, along with the captain and three other persons, when the boat collided with another vessel.
The victims were taken to the Bartica Hospital where Sarah Simmons was pronounced dead on arrival.
Her mother was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Hospital where she immediately underwent emergency surgery.
Police said that the two boat captains are in custody assisting with the investigations.
Speaking to this newspaper at the GPHC, George Simmons explained that he operates a business in Aranka, and was taking his wife and daughter back home after they had spent some time.
He said that he was holding his baby at the back seat of the boat with his wife and a female passenger sitting next to him.
He explained that the boat had taken in water and he gave his wife the baby to hold, while he moved to “bail out” the water.
“When I finish bailing the water and was about to turn, I saw the bow of another boat above ours. After that, all I remember was two passengers who were on my boat, pulling me in the boat. When they pulled me in, I saw the female passenger holding my baby and her head was burst and was bleeding. I took her from the passenger and I realize she was dead,” the grieving father recalled.
He added that, in tears, he gave back the baby to the passenger while he leaned over to his wife who was on the floor of the boat “groaning in pain” with her left side face “smashed in.”
According to information reaching this newspaper, the captain of the boat, which Simmons was travelling in, had taken a “blind turn”.
Yesterday, when the mother arrived at the GPHC, she was immediately taken into theatre, and then transferred to Mercy Hospital, where a CT-Scan was done.
The 32-year-old woman received severe head injuries.
A relative told this publication that a piece of Singh’s tongue was found on the floor of the boat. She was also missing a few teeth.
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