The body of five-year-old Bisham Munilall Jr. was fished out of a river at Dukwari, Cuyuni early Wednesday, two days
after the vessel that he and his family were passengers in capsized.
His body was discovered floating in the river by a rescue team which consisted of Coast Guard personnel and other individuals, a short distance from where the mishap occurred.
Munilall’s body is currently at the Bartica Hospital’s Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination.
Brazilian national, Jose Henrique Salvao De Souza, 66, of Junior Ross Landing, Cuyuni also lost his life in the accident. His body was found in the river a few hours after the tragedy.
According to the Police, around 16:00 hrs on Monday last, a boat travelling along a river at Dukwari, Cuyuni, struck a rock and several passengers were thrown overboard.
Kaieteur News understands that Munilall Jr. was in the vessel with his parents, Bisham and Brilia Munilall, as well as his sister, Lourdy, when the boat capsized.
His family and the other passengers escaped with minor abrasions.
But De Souza and Bisham Munilall Jr. were not that lucky.
His grandmother, Jane Baboolall said that her son moved to neighbouring Venezuela a few years ago. She explained that she was looking at the television when she received a call sometime after 21:30 hrs on Monday from one of her son’s friends who informed her of the tragedy.
“The person said that my son, his wife and two children were in the boat when it capsized and (little) Bisham missing, so I tell him to call me back when they find my grandson, and I hang up the phone,” Baboolall recalled.
She added that on Tuesday, her son called and informed her that his son was still missing and that the search team was looking for him.
“He said that Bisham (junior) missing and they looking for him and he told me that his face swell up. He could have hardly talked because he was crying,” the elderly woman recounted.
Baboolall said that she has no idea where her son and his family were heading when the accident occurred but revealed that they used that route often.
She said that on Wednesday, her son telephoned again and informed her that they had found her grandson’s body.
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