Teen drowns during Linden Town Week trip

An 18-year-old student from 14th Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, lost his life on Monday afternoon at Rockstone, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Dead is Adiel Thomas. According to Police the teen died at about 13:00h.
Investigations indicate that Thomas and a group of his friends had journeyed to Linden to partake in town’s week festivities. Upon arrival, they opted to explore Rockstone for sightseeing and reportedly rented a boat to venture to Mosura Island for photography.
According to Police, it is alleged by other members of the group that Thomas suggested a swim in the river, inviting his friends to join, but they declined. Undeterred, he proceeded alone, swimming towards deeper waters. His friends told investigators that they noticed his absence after a few minutes, prompting a search that unfortunately yielded no immediate results.
Subsequently, the police were notified, initiating a search operation, which later resulted in the recovery of Thomas’s body.
Thomas is now the 16th reported case of drowning for the year. The most recent incident occurred on April 5, when two teachers tragically lost their lives in a collision between two boats on the Moruca River in Region One (Barima-Waini).
Adrian Thomas, 18, a former teacher from St. Bede’s Primary School, and Helen Raybai from Waikrebi Village in the Moruca Sub-Region died in that accident. The collision involved a boat belonging to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard. (G9)