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GDF Coast Guardsman feared drowned

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 December 2021, 6:18 by Denis Chabrol

A Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guardsman was Friday feared drowned in the Essequibo River, sources said.

He has been identified as Junior Sooklall of Hopetown, West Coast Berbice.

A high-ranking GDF officer told Demerara Waves Online News that up to late Friday night the man was not found.

Another source said the Coast Guardsmen were on their way to Fort Island, Essequibo River when they encountered difficulties and the rank fell overboard.

The source said that the civilian boat was ferrying four civilians and two soldiers when it capsized. Mr. Sooklall went missing and a search and rescue team was deployed.