One dead following boat collision in Essequibo River

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – At approximately 19:00 hrs last evening, at Karatabo in the Essequibo River, two motor vessels collided, resulting in the death of one passenger.

The Government Information Agency (GINA) reported that one of the vessels was captained by 54 – year – old Lloyd Apple, while the other was being operated by 34 – year – old Pamela Persaud, who had her uncle, Anthony Williams in the vessel.

Williams succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the collision, while Apple is in custody at the Bartica Police station and Persaud is hospitalised at the Bartica hospital.

Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn said boat operators are not adhering to safety procedures in the night as they are operating without lights, which is against the rules.

The Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) is investigating the incident.

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