Guyanese fisherman missing after falling overboard in Suriname during fight


The mother of a 33-year-old Guyanese fisherman is at her wits end after she was informed on Friday that her son is missing in Surinamese waters after he fell overboard during a fight.

Feared dead is Vibert Bacchus of Paramaribo, Suriname. He previously lived in Corriverton, Upper Berbice before migrating to the Dutch-speaking neighbouring country about two and a half years ago.

His mother Waneeta Shivgobin, said she was informed that her son fell overboard on Tuesday (November 30) and that a search is ongoing.

Shivgobin said she immediately made contact with her son’s employer who told her that Bacchus got into an argument with a crew member on the fishing vessel and it subsequently turned physical. She was told that they fought on the boat and during the scuffle, both men fell overboard.

“He said the other man come out and my son never raise up back,” the distraught woman told the News Room.

She holds out hope that her son is alive. According to the mother, during her last conversation with Bacchus, he told her he was saving money so that he could return to Guyana permanently.

Shivgobin said she was informed that the man involved in the scuffle with her son is presently in police custody in Suriname.

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