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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

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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