Diver drowns while working on ‘river dredge’ in Mazaruni River

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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 61-year-old Hugh Van Lewin a diver of Camp kayuka Ideal Road, Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke-Linden Highway.

According to police reports, at about 11:15h on Sunday, Van Lewin was reportedly under water in the Upper Mazaruni River area, operating from a ‘river dredge’ along with other employees, when they observed that he was not receiving oxygen or responding.

Upon realizing this, one of the deceased co-workers dived underwater to investigate and found him with his head stuck in the mud.

He was immediately removed in an unconscious state and rushed to the Imbaimadai Health Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The dead man’s body is presently at the health centre’s mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination

The dredge on which Van Lewin was working, is said to be owned by a miner of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.