May 29, 2016 News
-one found dead, three missing, captain survives
The body of a Corentyne fisherman was pulled up in a seine while his three colleagues were still missing up to
late last night following a brutal piracy attack on Friday night.
The body of Hemchand Sukdeo, 44 of No. 55 village Corentyne, berbice, was brought ashore in another fishing vessel, hours after the attack which occurred around 23:00 hours in Lower Shell area, Nickerie, Suriname.
The captain of his ill-fated vessel survived the attack although he was thrown into the Atlantic Ocean by the pirates and was able to provide police with a description of the pirates’ vessel.
Police have detained at least five suspects and the boat believed to be the one used by the armed hijackers to carry out the attack was impounded.
A press statement issued yesterday said that they are investigating a report that about 23:00 hours on Friday, boat captain Seepersaud Persaud, 43, of No.78 Village, Corentyne, and four crew members were aboard a boat in the Lower Shell area, Nickerie, when another boat with five men armed with cutlasses came up alongside.
The armed men boarded Persaud’s boat and took away two 48hp outboard motor engines, tied up the four crew members and threw Persaud overboard.
Seepersaud, relating to this newspaper the dreadful ordeal, stated that the hijackers came on board his boat and drove it ashore where they proceeded to remove the engine. He said that the men then tied up his crew and demanded that he throw them over board.
“One of dem start holler seh lemme throw dem overboard and me start beg and me beg dem and because me beg, them throw me overboard and go away with me crew,” Persaud said.
He was subsequently rescued by the crew of another fishing vessel in the area after drifting for some time.
Later, when the rescuers were pulling up their seine they found the body of Hemchand Sukhdeo, caught in the seine.
The area was searched but neither Persaud’s vessel nor the other three crew members have been located.
While at sea, Persaud managed to contact persons at the No.66 Fishing Complex and informed them of the incident and gave a description of the boat that was used by the perpetrators.
During the morning, acting on information received, the police went to the No.65 Village Foreshore, Corentyne, where they saw a boat matching the description given. Five men who were aboard have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
Kaieteur news understands that the boat is linked to persons who are suspected pirates.
Commander of the Police Berbice Division, Ian Amsterdam told Kaieteur News that the Suriname Police authorities have been informed of the incident.
“They are willing to work with us,” Amsterdam said.
He stated that the police had received word that three vessels were attacked on Friday night, but they have not yet been able to confirm the other two attacks.
Apart from the engines, the pirates escaped with over $120,000 in fish.
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