Body of 25-yr-old man fished out of Berbice River

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Loud screams came from the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling yesterday as the body of a 25-year-old ‘block maker’ was removed from the Berbice River.

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Delroy Lewis

Elroy Lewis, of Lot 72 Sisters Village, East Bank Berbice, plunged into the muddy river on Wednesday afternoon and soon after, disappeared under the water.

He had left home on Tuesday for a fishing trip. Lewis and four others – Javid Mohammed, Noel DeCuna, Ramnarine Mangroo and Rambally Chand – went to Ithaca, West Bank Berbice where they spent several hours.

Mohammed was the captain of the boat the men were using. He told investigators that they were on their way home when Chand, Lewis and Mangroo undressed and plunged into the water. Lewis, who was considered an excellent swimmer, was heard calling for help and soon after disappeared beneath the murky water.

The four other men are currently in custody, assisting the Police with the investigations.

Elroy’s body was discovered floating in the vicinity of Stanleytown and was taken to the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling where it was handed over to Police.

Initial investigations indicate there were no marks of violence on the body; however, an autopsy will be performed.

Family members are of the view that foul play was responsible for Lewis’s death.

The investigation continues.

(Guyana Times)

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