Mining operation that resulted in child’s death was operating illegally- Police

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The 11-year-old child who was killed in a mining pit cave-in on Thursday was reportedly working on a legitimate operation that was illegally being run after the owner closed off operations for the holiday period.

Police in F Division (Interior locations) say they are investigating the death of Tairon Terryl De Souza of Big Creek, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini).

The incident occurred on at Big Creek.

This publication understands that the dead lad was a school dropout.

Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis told this publication that the owner of the mining camp had closed off operations for the holidays. However, a group of young men from Big Creek went to the site and were “running it” illegally.

De Souza was said to be among the group and was working in the pit when it reportedly caved-in on him.

Meanwhile, this publication understands that officials attached to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) have also travelled to the area to assist with investigations.

Just recently, Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City, Wismar Linden met his demise when a portion of rocks from mining pit reportedly fell onto his head.

He was however, quickly picked up and rushed to the Issano Health Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.

His death came on the heels of two other mining related deaths, that recently occurred in Mowasi Backdam, where Shawn Anthony James, 32, of Aishalton Village, Rupununi and Deon Sproston called “Jersey Joe” of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara lost their lives after the pit they were working in also caved-in.

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