A pensioner was on Sunday killed after the wooden paddle boat in which he was travelling collided with a motor powered boat at Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River.
The dead man has been identified as 78-year-old Allan Handy, also called “Saga” of the same area.
Based on information received, at about 16:00h, the now dead man left his son’s home in a wooden paddle boat and was heading home when a boat powered by a 90HP outboard engine came into his path.
The captain of the boat, a security guard of Grant Hope, Lower Pomeroon, told the Police that as he navigated a turn, he felt as if he struck something and immediately slowed down.
As he turned around, he saw the elderly man going down in the water and as he looked closer, he saw the damaged boat.
He immediately raised an alarm. The dead man’s relatives rushed to the scene but there were no signs of Handy.
A search party was established to look for the man’s body. After a few hours, the man’s body was recovered from the river in the vicinity of where the accident took place.
A distraught captain claimed that due to the high boat bow, he could not have seen clearly in front of him and as such, he did not see Handy.
He was taken into custody and is assisting with the investigations.
The man’s body was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital Mortuary where it awaits a postmortem examination.
The boat and engine are reportedly owned by the Love and Faith Ministries.