BREAKING: Three feared drowned while entering Guyana via backtrack route from Suriname


The Police in ‘B’ Division have activated a patrol between Springlands and Number 63 Village (East Berbice-Corentyne) as they comb the area for three persons who are missing and feared drowned after trying to enter Guyana from Suriname in a speedboat via the backtrack route.

The News Room was reliably informed that a 19-year-old reported to the police that he received a telephone call from his mother, 48-year-old Sharida Hussain at around 19:30h on Tuesday that she was returning home via the speedboat.

The lad said his mother later contacted him and said she was dropped off at a specific point at Number 63 Beach and that she was waist-deep in water in a very dark area.

The young man tried calling his mother several times after that but was unsuccessful and a search of the area turned up empty-handed.

Meanwhile, the police later received reports of two other persons who were on the same trip, including a 77-year-old identified as Baboni Harihar of Palmyra and another male.

The News Room understands that the Coast Guard was notified and a patrol vessel has been activated from New Amsterdam to # 61 Village along the Corentyne River, while a boat will activated from Springlands with members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and family members.

Guyana’s borders with Suriname has been closed since March 2020 in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. As a result, many persons have been using the backtrack route to conduct business.

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