Jun 24, 2021 News
Kaieteur News – Thirty-five-year-old Sheldon Wilson of Hand-en-veldt, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, drowned on Tuesday in the Demerara River after his truck reportedly developed some mechanical difficulties and went over the rails of the John Fernandes wharf.
This publication understands that around 12:30hrs. police received a report that Wilson went to the wharf to collect feed from a boat. After doing so, he began driving but his vehicle went over the rails and into the river. Kaieteur News was informed that Wilson’s truck in the process developed some mechanical difficulties which caused him to lose control.
A video of the accident which surfaced on social media, showed how the entire front of the truck became submerged in the river. The feed, which Wilson was transporting, was seen pouring out from the sides of the vehicle and into the river. Persons were heard shouting in the background, “look dat man deh in deh…see dat man hand deh,” as another truck was pulling the vehicle out of the river.
According to police, a labourer working at the wharf was the person who jumped into the river and retrieved Wilson’s body. He was immediately taken to the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital for medical attention but was pronounced dead on arrival.
His body was later taken to Jerrick’s Funeral Home for a post mortem to be conducted.
Yesterday, when this publication reached out to the dead man’s family, his father, Rockcliff (only name given), related that a post mortem which was conducted yesterday revealed that his son died by drowning.
On the day of the accident, Rockcliff said that he did not see or talk to his son because he had left their Mahaica home early in the morning to head to work. The day before (Monday), he said, was the last time he had any sort of interaction with his son. Wilson who is the youngest of three children was described as a very quiet and friendly person.
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