8 Guyanese fishermen attacked by Spanish speaking pirates in the Waini River

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Police are currently investigating the alleged piracy attack committed on eight Guyanese fishermen by a crew of Spanish speaking men.

INews understands that the attack occurred on Thursday last at around 15:00h in the Waini River, in the vicinity of an area close to the Guyana /Venezuela border but on Guyana’s side.

The vessel was captained by Julian Marks, of Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast, with a crew of seven men.

According to information reaching this publication, the victim and crew were about to drop their seines when they were ambushed by six Spanish speaking men who arrived in wooden boat powered by a 75hp outboard engine.

The pirates who were reportedly armed with shotguns, rifles and pistols, ordered Marks and his crew to jump into the river, to which they complied.

The pirates then took possession of their wooden vessel which was powered by a 40hp Yamaha engine along with their foodstuff and other items of value.

INews understands that the Spanish speaking men then left in the direction of Venezuela, leaving their victims overboard.

However, shortly after, the pirates cut a smaller boat that was tied to Marks fishing boat, leaving same to drift.

The said boat was retrieved by the Guyanese Captain which he and his crew used to pull themselves to safety until they were rescued by a passing vessel.

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