61-Y-0 diver dies while working underwater

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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 61-year-old Hugh Van Lewin, a diver of Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke-Linden Highway whose body was found underwater while he was working on a ‘river dredge’ on Sunday at Mipuri Backdam, Upper Mazaruni River.

Police Headquarters revealed that the victim was at the time under the water in the river operating from a ‘river dredge’ along with others who were on-board when they observed that he was not receiving oxygen or responding.

As a result, a colleague went under the water to investigate and found him with his head stuck in the mud; he was removed in an unresponsive state and taken to the Imbaimadai Health Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The body is at the Health Centre’s mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination.

Police said the dredge is owned by a miner of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown; the incident occurred at around 11:15hrs.

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