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An East Coast Demerara (ECD) man died while helping to cut down a coconut tree on Sunday. The dead man has been identified as 42-year-old George Edwards, a carpenter of Surat Drive, Triumph, ECD.
The incident occurred at about 11:30h on Sunday at Beterverwagting (BV) Housing Scheme, ECD.
George and his brother, Steve – a 30-year-old farmer, were hired to cut down a coconut tree at a residence in BV Housing Scheme.
According to Police reports, Steve went up the coconut tree with a chainsaw to cut the top, while George stayed at the bottom of the tree with a rope to angle the tree when it fell.
Steve told investigators that he alerted his brother the tree top was coming down, and he heard an impact when the tree hit the ground.
Soon after, Steve observed his brother lying motionlessly on the ground with a reddish substance coming from his mouth and head, which appeared to be blood. “The coconut branches and part of the trunk were resting on his chest,” the Police said.
George was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. However, upon arrival, he was pronounced dead.