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Cargo Ship Capsizes, Killing At Least Three Off The Coast of Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — At least three people are confirmed dead, while others are missing and feared dead, after the boat in which they were traveling capsized while crossing the Orinoco river off the Venezuelan border and near Guyana’s remote North West District on Tuesday morning.

The incident reportedly occurred at about 3 a.m. Tuesday with the ill-fated boat travelling from Venezuela to Guyana with 14 passengers and cargo.

Two women and a child were confirmed to have perished in the incident. Unconfirmed reports indicate that a male also perished in the mishap, in which three persons are still missing.

According to information received, Maureen Santiago, formerly of Mabaruma, North West District (NWD) and who now resides in Venezuela, along with her children were heading to her mother’s place at Mabaruma Settlement when the tragedy occurred.

Based on initial reports, the boat was carrying at least 14 people some of whom had asked for a ride. As they were reportedly crossing the Barima River from Orinoque, the boat capsized in the rough waters.

INews was informed that several of the persons managed to swim to shore while the others were reported missing. A search party was established and the bodies of the women and child were found in Venezuelan territory. The bodies are at a funeral home in the Spanish speaking country.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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