A search is presently ongoing for the body of an overseas based Guyanese who reportedly drowned on Sunday afternoon in the Demerara river, days after arriving in Guyana with his family on a holiday break.
Suspected dead is Ravindra Budhraj, 46, who was vacationing with his wife and daughter. They were reportedly residing at, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown.
Based on information received, the incident occurred at about 17:30h.
INews was told that Budhraj and his family visited Santa Mission on Sunday morning, spent most of the day, and returned to the Jettoo’s Sawmill Wharf, located at Coverden, East Bank Demerara, at about 17:00h.
A few minutes later, the father of one and another man- identified as a 29-year-old Computer Technician- who is a family friend, and a member of the trip, mounted a green Jet Ski and went skiing in the Demerara River.
However, according to the family friend, Budhraj, who was driving, lost control, resulting in both men falling into the river.
At this point, an eyewitness who observed what transpired, rushed to their assistance in the company of other persons, in another boat.
This online publication was told that upon their arrival, only the 29-year-old was seen panting for breath in the water. Budhraj had already allegedly submerged.
The 46-year-old victim only arrived in Guyana on July 7, 2018.
Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)