Pirate attack…Relatives of missing fishermen leery of captain’s story
By Mario Joseph
The families of the four fishermen who were allegedly attacked by pirates and tossed overboard in Suriname waters on the night of July 8th, suspect that there is more to the men’s disappearance, citing several inconsistencies in the boat owner’s story.
Relatives of the four fishermen in separate interviews with Stabroek News questioned the stories told by the captain of the boat, Feroze Hack – who is the sole survivor of the hijacking – and the boat owner Deochand Bharat. Police are yet to complete an analysis of evidence collected from the boat which floated ashore at De Hoop, Mahaica on Monday.
Missing are Andrew Gopie called ‘Butt’, 41, of Annandale Sand Reef, East Coast Demerara, Vinesh Drunarine called Dinesh or Monkey Brain, 24, of Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, and Raymond Gomes, 37, and Chandrapaul Jallim, 19, both of Recht-door-zee, West Bank Demerara.
Speaking to Stabroek News, Gopie’s sister, who did not want her name published, said that she returned to Guyana on July 7 and was told that her brother had left on a fishing trip two days prior.