[www.inewsguyana.com] – The search operation to locate the female tourist, Gyaneshwarie Sivinand, who was reported missing at Kaieteur National Park (KNP,) on September 1, was expanded on Wednesday as the Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force joined the National Parks Commission Rangers in the search.
A release from the Ministry of the Presidency noted that all of the trails in the Park were searched; binoculars were also used to view the area below the falls and along the sides of the gorge. However, up to 18:00 Wednesday evening, the missing tourist had not been found.
“We continue to treat this as a search for a missing person case and remain hopeful that she will be located… given the exigencies of this situation, tours to the KNP continue to be suspended,” the release noted.
The woman was part of a group of persons on a tour, organised by a local tour operator – Air Services Limited. Reports indicate that Sivinand was seen crying while on the phone on the plane; however when the aircraft landed at the Falls, she appeared perky.
It has been reported that the flight had a total of nine passengers and sometime during the tour, she was discovered to be missing. The National Parks Commission Rangers, who facilitated the tour, were joined by other staffers in executing an immediate search operation.
All relevant authorities including the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) were notified.
It is hoped that with the GDF and other relevant agencies involved, the passenger will be found.