By: Indrawattie Natram
friend of the deceased Kowsal Persaud, who drowned Saturday afternoon, is presently hospitalised at the Suddie Public Hospital in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam).
Emanuel Narine had to be rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where he is currently a patient. He suffered severe bruises, occasioned by turbulent waves when he tried to save his friend at the Aurora seawall. His condition is listed as stable.
Narine, speaking to Guyana Times related that around 11:00h Saturday last, he and his friends were consuming Vodka at the Aurora seawall when they decided to take a bath. He further related it was six of them drinking and socialising after a long time. Out of the six friends Kowshal Persaud, 19, aka Ajay unfortunately drowned while swimming in the mighty river.
Narine related that the now dead Persaud went furthest to the channel and suddenly disappeared around 15:00 hours in the murky water.
The other friends Shavenarine Sookhan, Latchman Persaud, Kelvin Persaud, Faed Mohamed and himself panicked but launched a search to find Persaud. They all ventured into the water and began to vigorously search for their friend.
The friend’s body was discovered motionless and they immediately took him out and rested him on the fore shore.
They were panicking during the entire ordeal and so the police were summoned. Persaud along with Narine were rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where Persaud was pronounced dead. His body was examined by detectives and no marks of violence were found.
Police are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
Statements were taken from Narine and the friends.
The body of Persaud is presently at the Suddie Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. Family of the deceased are still shocked by the incident.
Persaud is the third child of his parents and was a second year student of the Teachers Training College.