A Parika-bound passenger boat from Parika almost sank in the Essequibo, near Parika, on Tuesday.
Reports indicate that the vessel was delayed for several minutes by maritime officials who objected to the captain’s plan to overload the vehicle. The vessel left the dock at midday with 28 passengers.
About 10 minutes away from Parika, the boat hit an unknown object in the water. The impact caused the engines to immediately stop working.
A passenger reportedly said, “This happened because the captain drove the boat too close to shore.”
Passengers went into a panic when they noticed that the impact with the object caused water to seep into the vehicle.
So the captain immediately turned into a nearby river bank, even as the boat took in water. To the passengers’ relief, they managed to reach safety on a small beach.
Two boats came to their aid, shortly after, from the nearby stelling at Parika.
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