at Essequibo River mouth
Anxiety turned into grief yesterday for the
relatives of four fishermen after two bodies were recovered
Ranks of the Guyana Defence Force
Coastguard discovered the bodies of cousins, Ramlall and
Basdeo Ramphal, at the mouth of the Essequibo River around
missing: Michael Ramlochan
However, they only succeeded in bringing
Ramlall Ramphal’s body to the Charity Wharf late yesterday
Sources in the area told this newspaper
that Basdeo Ramphal’s body was still lying on a mud flat,
which the rescue team found difficult to access.
The discovery followed a massive aerial and
riverain search carried out by the Defence Force coast guard
that was called into the search for the missing fishermen on
Family members had been desperately hoping
that the crew of the ‘Sir Kegan’, captain Michael
Ramlochan, 14-year-old Peter Torres and the two Ramphals were
still alive although there were signs that they suffered a
Now that the two bodies have been found,
there is little hope of finding Ramlochan and Torres alive.
The crew had left the Meadow Bank wharf
last week Tuesday and was to return two days later.
missing: Peter Torres, 14
relatives began to worry when another fishing crew brought in
the Sir Kegan’s flag and a piece of seine on Friday.
waited until Sunday and when the crew still did not show up,
panic stepped in.
was launched early Sunday morning and lasted until afternoon
but still there was no sign of the men or their boat.
relatives’ fears worsened when news that the icebox of the
missing vessel was pulled ashore on the Essequibo Coast was
relayed on Monday.
now convinced that the ‘Sir Kegan’ had met with ill fate
but they were still hopeful that somehow the crew had
survived. Another fishing crew discovered the icebox about 10
miles off the coastline on Thursday.
to one of the fishermen who found the icebox, it was filled
with fish that had begun to rot.
early as Monday there were reports that bodies had washed up
relatives insisted that the reports be checked out and after
several hours of searching by the coast guard, the worst fears
body (Ramlall Ramphal) bad. The flesh loose up. Tomorrow,
early in the morning we will go back and bring in the other
one,” a member of the search party told this newspaper.
also assured that the search would continue for the boat’s
captain and the other missing crewmember.
almost certain that the ‘Sir Kegan’ sank in the Atlantic
to fishermen, attempts were made to pull up the piece of seine
that was found where the boat’s flag was recovered but
“something was holding it down”.
Singh, wife of the boat’s captain Michael Ramlochan, told
this newspaper that although the two bodies have been found
she is still not convinced that her husband is dead.
a good swimmer. He will fight to the end. Until I see him dead
I will still believe that he is alive,” Singh said.
Minister Robert Persaud who had visited the crewmembers’
relatives on Monday, yesterday expressed his condolences after
he learnt that two bodies were recovered.
this newspaper that the government had instructed that every
possible resource be deployed in the search for the missing
has reminded us how risky it is for our fisher folk from day
to day,” Minister Persaud said.
that his Ministry would be in constant talks with fishermen in
an effort to further improve on their safety.
The police on the
Essequibo Coast have taken possession of the ice box, while
the body of Ramlall Ramphal is awaiting a post mortem