Pomeroon River Collision: Man’s body recovered; probe continues following reports that soldiers were drunk

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DEAD: Ryan Khayum

A search party has found the body of missing 32-year-old Ryan Khayum of Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).

The farmer was thrown overboard after a Coast Guard vessel belonging to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) collided with the boat in which he was travelling on Monday evening. It is alleged that GDF ranks were under the influence at the time of the accident, since they were reportedly seen imbibing on Monday at Charity.

Reports are that the body of Khayum was identified by the clothes he was wearing, since his face had been badly disfigured from the impact of the collision.

Reports are that the GDF vessel, bearing registration number GDFS HAWK, which had four ranks on board, was returning from Charity to the Floating Base when it collided with the civilian boat carrying the now dead man, his wife and two workers.

Following the collision, three of the civilians were rescued and taken to the Oscar Joseph District Hospital at Charity.

Based on allegations made against the ranks, GDF has launched a Board of Inquiry (BoI) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.