Man’s body recovered in Pomeroon River after accident with drunk soldiers

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The body of 32-year-old Ryan Khayum was recovered in the Pomeroon River Wednesday afternoon, two days after he fell overboard after a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) vessel crashed into his boat.

A relative, Ramroop Mahase told the News Room that it was actually Khayum’s wife that led the search team to where the accident occurred; his body was found floating in the river clad in brown pants and grey shirt.

According to Ramroop, Khayum’s body is almost unrecognisable.

“He get serious head injuries and his hand and his foot get cut up, maybe from the propeller and you can’t really recognise him,” Ramroop told the News Room.

The vessel was also found at the bottom of the river with damages to the stern and engine.

The wife, 26-year-old Chandanie Khayum was also involved in the accident along with two workmen. They were returning home after selling at the Charity Market Monday at about 21:00hrs.

She was discharged from the Charity Hospital Wednesday after she was treated for injuries to the head and body.

The Captain of the GDF vessel is in Police custody, while the three other GDF ranks that were on the vessel are in the custody of a senior army officer.

The four army men were seen drinking at the Charity wharf before they left in the army vessel.

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