Three persons are feared dead in a river tragedy along the backtrack crossing between Guyana and Suriname.
The Guyana Defence Coast Guard along with the Police Force’s river patrol activated a search in the Corentyne river last night after receiving reports that at least three persons were missing.
A young man from New Amsterdam reported to the Police early this morning that he received a call from his 48-year-old mother, Sharida Hussein at around 7:30 last night informing him that she was on her way to Guyana from Suriname via boat.
A Police report said that enquires revealed that the woman was dropped off at #63 beach late last night at a point in the river where the water was at her waist. She was not heard from since then.
A search that was carried out by her family members turned up empty handed.
The Police indicated that since that initial report, investigators learnt that two other persons, a 75-year-old man from New Amsterdam and an unknown man were also missing.
The Coast Guard and other vessels have been searching for the three missing persons since the early hours of this morning. The searches are ongoing.
The Guyana-Suriname ferry crossing has been closed for several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Persons have resorted to using the unofficial backtrack crossings to travel between the two countries.
Details of the boat that brought the persons across last evening have not been made known.