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BREAKING NEWS: Surinamese fuel tanker sinks off Corentyne; two Guyanese crew members missing; two rescued

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 20:46 by GxMedia

The Guyanese captain of a Surinamese-owned fuel tanker vessel is missing, but two crew members were rescued by a Venezuelan fishing vessel that responded to a distress call Tuesday afternoon, sources said.

“There were four crew members on board; two were rescued while the other two are missing. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing to locate the two missing crew members,” said Guyana’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) in a statement.

Feared drowned is Captain Rickram.

MARAD said that  about  9 O’clock Tuesday night the Guyana-registered Motor Tanker Swift Dolphin reportedly capsized off the coast in the vicinity of the mouth of the Corentyne River. It was proceeding from Paramaribo, Suriname to Georgetown, Guyana.

Other sources said the ill-fated vessel, MV Swift Dolphin, sank about 30 miles off the Corentyne Coast.

The captain and crew are all Guyanese. Sources said that the two crew members were still aboard the Venezuelan trawler that responded to the distress call. One of the crew members goes by the name, Leon.

A Guyanese cargo boat was Wednesday afternoon sailing to the area where MT Swift Dolphin sank.