Land surveyor’s body found after two-week search

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Almost two weeks after he went missing following a boat mishap in the Upper Mazaruni River, Germaine La Rose’s body was found on Tuesday night.

The Commander of Regional Police Division #7, Dion Moore, told the News Room that the body was found in a decomposed state at Imbaimadai, Region Seven.

He was identified by the clothing he was wearing.

Commander Moore said at about 19:00hrs, residents in the area spotted the body and contacted the Police.

La Rose, a land surveyor and his colleague, Terrence Thomas, also a land surveyor, disappeared in the Mazaruni River after the boat they were in sank on November 10.

Police Headquarters reported that the incident occurred in the wee hours of November 10.

Terrence Thomas

According to reports, Romell Ramlakhan, a 32-year-old officer of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) stationed at Imbaimadai Landing, was approached by the two men when they arrived on November 9 and related that they were there for work.

At about 03:00hrs on November 10, the men left Imbaimadai for their journey to Kako Village in the Upper Mazaruni Region.

The men boarded a metal boat owned by GGMC along with 39-year-old Sherwin Wilson, a labourer of Mocha Village, East Bank Demerara, and the captain 46-year-old Romain Reece of Imbaimadai. But two minutes into their journey the boat began to take in water and as a result, Thomas and La Rose panicked and jumped overboard.

The other occupants managed to swim to safety by holding on to fuel tanks and later discovered that Thomas and LaRose were missing.

At the time of the incident, none of the occupants of the boat were wearing life jackets.

Both La Rose and Germaine were fathers of young children.

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