GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The search for the nine persons who went missing following the two-boat collision in Guyana’s Mazaruni River earlier in the day intensified on Tuesday evening with the Guyana Defence Force joining in. Coast Guard and Infantry troops were deployed while Air Corps personnel were on standby and will be incorporated as is necessary.
Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn and other government officials were also in Region Seven to assist in coordinating the search.
On Tuesday evening, police ranks at the Bartica Station confirmed that they found one body, identified as Jermaine Calistro, reportedly of West Coast Demerara. Around 22:00 hrs the search was called off for the night and was due to continue early Wednesday morning, Sergeant Hardy said.
Two boats, one carrying 12 persons and the other 9, collided around 12:30 hrs on Tuesday in the vicinity of Crab Falls, 25 miles upstream from Bartica. Several of those involved in the accident were treated at the Bartica Hospital for injuries.
Two Brazilians are said to be among the missing.
Officials from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) are in the Region to conduct investigations.
Earlier Tuesday, police ranks from the Bartica station and the captains of the vessels were involved in the search for the missing following the incident.