A young Guyana Defence Force Lance Corporal lost his life by drowning on Saturday after a boat with soldiers capsized in the Urara Creek in Region 9.
A statement from the GDF said Lance Corporal Barrington John was among a group of soldiers being withdrawn from the GDF Observation Post at Karasabai while during an attempt by the soldiers to cross the swollen Urara Creek, their boat capsized.
The GDF said Lance Corporal John went under water due to the strong currents and he was later recovered in an unconscious state.
He was rushed to the Karasabai Hospital where Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The late soldier was originally from the Region Eight village of Paramakatoi.