The lifeless and partially burnt body of a man was discovered during the wee hours of Tuesday morning in a vessel after it caught alight at the Rosignol Fishery, Mahaica- Berbice.
Police say they have only been able to identify the man as “Rajaul” of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.
While details remain sketchy, Police “B” Division Commander, Linden Alves told INews that the discovery was made at around 02:00hrs today when two watchmen on duty at the fishery noticed smoke emanating from the boat.
The watchmen, this publication was told quelled the erupting fire before the Rajaul’s body was discovered.
It is believed that the now deceased man, who is said to have been an alcoholic, may have been imbibing and lit a stove onboard the vessel, before falling asleep.
INews was told that the stove may have fell during that time, resulting in the fire.
Rajaul’s body was found with burn marks, suspected to be as a result of the blaze and no marks of violence.
No one has been arrested in this regard.
However, Alves posited that until a post mortem examination is completed, it is difficult to ascertain if the now deceased man died before, or during the fire.
A post mortem examination is expected to be conducted tomorrow.
Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)