Pensioner killed in boat accident

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A pensioner was on Sunday afternoon killed in a boat accident in the Pomeroon River.

News Room understands that 78-year-old Allan Handy called ‘Saga’ was crossing the River from his son’s home at Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River at about 16:30hrs in a wooden boat, referred to as a ‘Ballahoo,’ measuring about 12 feet in length and four feet in width.

Reports are that another boat, powered by a 90 horsepower Yamaha outboard engine, and driven by 26-year-old Paul Clarke was proceeding in another direction when it collided with the ‘Ballahoo.’

Clarke reportedly told investigators that due to the height of the bow of the boat, he could not see the pensioner as he maneuvered a slight turn.

News Room understands that he felt the boat hit something and upon checking, noticed the man known to him but the victim had already gone under the water.

He reported the matter to the Charity Police Station.

A search party was launched and the body of the deceased was fished out of the area.

Clarke remains in custody as the investigation continues.

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