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3 missing after boat mishap in Cuyuni River

Three persons, including a captain, are missing following a boat mishap in the Cuyuni River on Monday.  

The Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said the mishap occurred between 03:47h and 04:30h. 

A 19 feet wooden boat powered by a 75Hp Yamaha outboard engine, operated by Lloyd Obermuller, a 60-year-old labourer and a 17 feet wooden boat powered by a 40Hp Yamaha outboard engine operated by Crees Boyde were involved in the accident. 

HGP Nightly News understands that Obermuller and Boyde usually transport people from Eteringbang Landing to San Martin Landing, Venezuela.

At about 03:47h, Obermuller left Eteringbang Landing en route to  San Martin, and he was at the time said to be transporting two passengers. 

At the same time, Boyde had left San Martin, Venezuela, en route to Eteringbang Landing. 

As they were both navigating across the river, the two boats collided, causing the passengers  – as well as Obermuller and Boyde — to be flung into the river. 

Public-spirited persons responded, and Boyde was pulled out of the water and taken to seek medical attention in Venezuela. He suffered severe injury to his right leg and minor injury to his hands. 

A search was carried out, but Obermuller nor his passengers were found. The names and particulars of his passengers have yet to be ascertained, Police said. 

The boats and engines are presently lodged at the Eteringbang Police Station. A search is currently underway for the missing persons.

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