By Leroy Smith in Bartica
Speaking with iNews at the Bartica Police Station this morning, Peter Pollard, the boat captain explained that on Saturday at approximately
17.30 hrs, they were traveling along the Cuyuni River from the Arawak Creek when tragedy struck.
Pollard told iNews that the engine of the boat failed and it eventually capsized while he and his 16 – year – old nephew plunged overboard and secured themselves on
The man stated that Haynes however was busy trying to save a metal detector which he bought for more than one million dollars.
According to the captain, after the incident, they remained on the rocks
until midnight before taking a decision to swim from island to island for three hours until they reached another miner who accompanied them back to the scene with a boat to look for the missing man.
iNews has been informed that the boat captain does not have valid license to operate a boat. The captain himself did say that some four years ago he experienced a similar incident where a boat capsized with himself and three Brazilian Nationals; however no one perished in that incident.
The police are continuing their investigations into the matter even as relatives and other persons are presently looking to recover the body of the man.