Guyanese, Brazilian men still missing after Essequibo River boat accident


A Brazilian national and a Guyanese electrician are still missing following a boat collision in the Essequibo River on Monday evening.

Missing are 44-year-old Jose Francisco Joaquin, a Brazilian national, and Osafo Anthony Roberts called “Joinwire” a 25-year-old electrician of Lot 29 Devil Dam Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).

The collision has so far left one dead and three hospitalised.

Dead is a 54-year-old businesswoman from Suriname, Sherry Khan.

Reports are that on Monday night at 19:00h, the boat which was transporting Khan and five other passengers was heading in the direction of Buck Hall, Essequibo River, while the other vessel was travelling in the opposite direction at that time.

The impact of the collision resulted in the passengers and their luggage being tossed overboard.

It was at this time that another vessel, which was passing, stopped to render assistance. Khan was in an unconscious state while Milton Duke and his wife, Yaluntie Hohamkirk, both 43, and Jaeva Veira Nunes, were conscious.

They were taken to the Parika foreshore where they were transported that the Leonora Cottage Hospital.

Upon arrival at LCH, Khan and Nunes were both transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where the businesswoman was pronounced dead. Nunes was admitted for treatment and observation.

Duke and Hohamkirk were later transferred to a private city hospital to receive medical care.