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Guyana: Brazilian national missing after boating mishap

June 28, 2024

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – An investigation is now underway following an incident in which a  Brazilian national is feared dead after he disappeared when the boat he was travelling in capsized in the Cuyuni River Wednesday afternoon.

According to police reports, Jose De Ribamar Lisboa Silva was traveling with three other persons and the captain, 50-year-old James Bacchus.

The boat, with a 200 HP Yamaha outboard engine, is owned by 35-year-old Rondel Khan, a gold miner from Bartica.

It’s reported that the incident occurred in the vicinity of Akabusa/Fumbler Falls and as the boat climbed the falls, the engine reportedly stopped working, causing it drift before falling over the falls.

Everyone onboard managed to swim to safety but Silva went missing.

After the incident, the two other passengers managed to catch another passing boat and continued their journey.

Meanwhile Khan and the boat captain travelled to the Bartica Police Station to report the matter. 

After statements were taken, the captain was taken into custody and is assisting with the investigation.

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