Police are investigating the drowning of a West Bank Demerara (WBD) man, who died while swimming near a koker at Kamakabra Creek, Ituni in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Dead is 31-year-old Patrick Lord of Vive la Force, West Bank Demerara. He drowned at about 16:00h on Monday.
From initial investigation, the Guyana Police Force revealed that about 06:00h on Monday, Lord accompanied his brother, Paul Lord, and their co-workers Allan Hughes, Roy Joseph, Jermaine Caleb Williams, Andy Seeram, and Randolph Seeram to Silicone Green Sawmill at Yarrowkabra on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
At about 11:00h, they were heading to Unamco Road in the Upper Berbice River region, when they stopped in Linden for fuel and food. The men arrived in Ituni at around 15:30h but made another stop at Rankin Shop to get supplies, where they consumed a bottle of El Dorado rum.
After imbibing, they continued their journey but decided to stop at Kamakabra Creek. The deceased man was swimming near a koker, but his brother and co-workers observed that he failed to surface. This resulted in a search for him.
A frantic search for about 10 minutes saw him being pulled him from the water and rushed to the Ituni Health Centre. A medic performed initial checks before transferring him to the Linden Hospital Complex, where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival.
The body is at a funeral parlour awaiting a post-mortem examination. Investigations are ongoing. (G12)