(Guyana Guardian) – Less than a week after a late night boat collision had sent two children to a watery death in the Waini River, another Moruca river collision in the same Barima-Waini region, between two boats have resulted in injuries to at least nine persons.
According to information received, a boat that was heading from the Barama backdam with 9 passengers, and commandeered by Abdul Cecil called Dougla, collided with another vessel that was proceeding to Port Kaituma, and operated by Keneth Garaway called Scareface.
The river accident has since resulted in several persons being air dashed to the Georgetown Public hospital including the distressed boat operator Cecil, who suffered serious injuries to his back and shoulder.
However, “Scareface”, who is the other boat operator, escaped injury, and was taken into police custody, while both of the ill-fated vessels were impounded.
While no clear details have emerged as to what could have led to the collision, sources have suggested that the area where the accident had occurred, being between Parakies and Kamwatta village in the Moruca River, can be treacherous with blind twists and turns along the river-way.
The incident has brought back dark memories of a recent boat collision in the same Barima-Waini region which had resulted in the death of 8 year old Loydel DaSilva, and her 6 year old brother Davanand DaSilva of Hobo Hill.
In that river accident, a family canoe that was commandeer by the children’s father 49 year old Basil DaSilva, and his wife, 43 year old Ophelia James who were coming in from the sea using a 15hp engine at around 10pm last Thursday night, when it was suddenly ran over by a larger unidentified vessel in the vicinity of Hanida, on the west bank of the Waini River.
After the incident, the children’s bodies were discovered about 24hrs later, while two boat operators were taken into custody.
At the time, observers were pointing fingers to Guyana’s Maritime Administration since unlit vessels and other classes of maritime lawlessness continued to occur under their watch, particularly in the North West District and other interior areas that are strongly reliant on river transport.
Contrary to the degree of enforcement that is done in Georgetown, many river passengers in the hinterland continue to use the river-way via piloted vessels without life jackets or any other river safety implements.