Friends feared dead in Essequibo River accident

Two friends are feared dead after one went to save the other who had fallen into the Essequibo River in the vicinity of Hog Island on Tuesday.
Missing are 50-year-old Ravie Chutie of Hog Island and 56-year-old Ozard Russell of Aliki, Essequibo River.
Reports are the two men, along with Janet Robinson, the reputed wife of Chutie, were travelling along the Essequibo River in a wooden boat powered by a 15-horsepower engine when they encountered rough waters.
The pounding waves cause Chutie to lose balance and fall overboard and in a bid to save his friend’s life, Russell went after him, but either of them resurfaced.
The boat drifted to the Hog Island foreshore where Robinson alerted persons. A group of men went in search of the two men, but came up empty handed. The Police were contacted and based on reports received, the woman said that the two men were intoxicated since they drank a bottle of alcohol before they departed from the Hubu Koker, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).