Guyana Guardian photo of the ill-fated canoe which was subsequently found submerged on the left bank of the Waini River
Guyana Guardian photo of the ill-fated canoe which was subsequently found submerged on the left bank of the Waini River

Georgetown, Guyana; (Guyana Guardian) Two children, who were a part of a family fishing expedition, a few miles from the mouth of the Waini River, perished after an unidentified vessel ran into their family canoe as they were journeying their way back into the said Waini river around 10pm last night.

According to usually reliable sources, the children whose names were given as Loydel DaSilva, age 8, and Davanand DaSilva age 6, of Hobo Hill, North West District, went under after their brother Dwayne DaSilva, who was a part of the family trip, failed in his best efforts to take both of the siblings (who couldn’t swim) to shore.

The boat was being commandeered at the time by their father 49 year old Basil DaSilva, and his wife, 43 year old Ophelia James, who has since been air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital with several broken ribs and other injuries.

According to the only surviving brother Dwayne; – the family canoe was coming in from the sea using a 15hp engine last night when it was suddenly ran over by a larger vessel in the vicinity of Hanida, on the west bank of the Waini River.

The lad averaged that the boat was running on a 200 horse power engine, and probably did not saw them since the place was dark.

But nonetheless, it sped away after realizing that it has crashed into the family canoe.

The Guyana Guardian was unable to confirm whether either vessel was carrying any sort of marine lighting equipment; – But was reliably informed that traffickers and smugglers usually rely on the darkness of night to traverse the Waini; while the Amerindian community there often prefers to go fishing at sea at nights.

However, observers are already pointing fingers to Guyana’s Maritime Administration since unlit vessels and other classes of maritime lawlessness continue to occur under their watch, particularly in the North West District and other interior areas that are strongly reliant on river transport.

Unlike the degree of enforcement that is done in Georgetown, many river passengers in the hinterland continue to ply the river-way without life jackets or other river safety implements.

The police have since launched an investigation into the incident.