GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn and other Guyana government officials have left for the Mazaruni River, Region Seven, in the wake of reports of two boats colliding and nine persons missing.
Benn said that 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 at the Bartica Hospital being treated for injuries.
Bartica police confirmed that the accident occurred when one vessel struck the other causing one of the boats to split in two. The specific cause of the impact is yet to be ascertained.
Two Brazilians are said to have been among the nine passengers who are missing.
A team of officials from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) are on their way to the scene. Police ranks from the Bartica station and the captains of the vessels are involved in the search for the nine persons.