The search has intensified to recover the bodies of the two men who remain missing after Motor Tanker ‘Swift Dolphin’ capsized off the Corentyne Coast, last Tuesday.
Four passengers were on board the tanker when it overturned.
The survivors have been positively identified as Augustus Persaud and Anthony Sukhdeo, while the missing sailors are said to be Patrick Constantine and Kayman Rickram Persaud, the Captain of the vessel.
The Guyana coast guards responded to a distress call at approximately 21:00hrs on Tuesday, after the Guyana-registered Motor Tanker ‘Swift Dolphin’ capsized off the Coast in the vicinity of the mouth of the Corentyne River. The vessel was proceeding from Paramaribo, Suriname to Georgetown.
Kaietuer News understands that the vessel has since sunk some 97 feet below the surface of the water.
Officials of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) have noted that a mark has been placed on the capsized vessel to alert other vessels in the area of the wreckage.
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has since used a skyvan to do an aerial reconnaissance of the area, while three surveyors and coast guard officers also dived in the area of the wreckage in efforts to locate the missing seamen.
Officials say that it is likely that the missing men are trapped in the sunken vessel.
However, Kaieteur News understands the need may arise for additional equipment which can be used to salvage the vessel as efforts continue to locate the missing men.
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