Two Brazilian nationals have been reported missing and are feared dead following a river mishap that occurred early Sunday morning in the vicinity of ‘Looking Glass Falls’ in the Mazaruni.
The only names given for the two missing Brazilian nationals are ‘Japow’ and ‘Bartolomeu’ the Police Force said in a statement.
According to the Police report, the boat captain Adrian Savory, of Bartica went to the Bartica Police Station in the company of 52-year-old Juarez De Morais, a Brazilian businessman from Providence, East Bank Demerara and two other men to report the incident.
Savory told Police the boat left from Bartica Stelling, Essequibo River on Sunday morning and was en route to Poppy Show, Mazaruni River.
He stated that while navigating the river in the vicinity of the Looking Glass Falls, the boat came into contact with a strong wave which caused the bow of the boat to break off.
Savory told the police that everyone was tossed overboard and the two missing men never made it to shore.
The Boat captain further told the police that himself and the other occupants of the boat swam to safety and were rescued two hours later by a passing boat.
The police said efforts were made to locate the missing men but this has so far proven futile.
The police also noted that the survivors received injuries to their bodies and were escorted to the Bartica Regional Hospital where they were all seen, examined, and later sent away. T
The boat captain is presently in custody at the Bartica Police Station assisting with investigations.