– MARAD reveals quick action saved lives.
The Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) is conducting an investigation into a mishap that occurred in the Demerara River. Investigations have so far revealed that quick actions saved the life of one barge crew member. According to a report from MARAD, at approximately 22:30 hours on Monday October 27, 2014, an encumbered barge bearing the name DAR ‘B,’ while being hauled by a tug boat bearing the name ‘KYLE’, submerged in the Demerara River.
The barge was reportedly heading from Teperu Quarry in the Essequibo River to Kingston, Georgetown, where discharge is usually done. DAR ‘B’, is the property of B.K Marine and was reportedly carrying some 2,000 tons of aggregate when the mishap occurred. The tug was carrying some five crew members at the time of the incident, one of whom reportedly fell overboard. It is reported that the crew member had on his life jacket at the time of the boat sinking. Officials from MARAD were quickly deployed to the area.
Navigation services were temporarily suspended but they have so far been resumed following the institution of vessel traffic control measures.
MARAD, while conducting their investigations, will also assist in the salvaging of the barge.