Relatives of Corentyne fishers brace for more bad news

– body in Suriname not one of theirs

Hope of finding the five missing Corentyne fishermen alive seemed dim yesterday and relatives were in tears as they braced for worse news.

The captain Deownanan ‘Rajesh’ Ravindranauth, 43, of Crabwood Creek and crew members Naresh Persaud, 22 and his brother, Ramesh Persaud, 19, of Number 72 Village, Omesh Durhup, 36, of Skeldon and the other known only as ‘Prakash’ were aboard the fishing vessel, Miss Seema that was discovered empty on Thursday evening.

Owner of the boat, Beeram Persaud of Number 60 Village along with his brother, Kumar – father of Naresh and Ramesh and other family members travelled to Suriname to identify a body that was found floating in the Coroni and Copenaam area.

After returning from Suriname last evening, Persaud told Stabroek News the body was that of an older person of mixed race and was not a member of the crew. He said the search would continue today on the Guyana shore.

The men left for sea on July 10 and were expected back in 11 days. After that time passed, Persaud and the relatives became worried but they kept praying for the best.

Deownanan ‘Rajesh’     Ravindranauth
Deownanan ‘Rajesh’ Ravindranauth
 Naresh Persaud
Naresh Persaud
Omesh Durhup
Omesh Durhup
Ramesh Persaud
Ramesh Persaud

Their hopes started to fade on the 15th day when Persaud received information that his boat was seen at the Whim foreshore.

He made a report at the Whim Police Station around 9 pm. Ranks accompanied him to identify the boat and he confirmed that it was his.

His wife Vidya said he immediately feared the worst and when he checked the boat he found two caps belonging to his nephews, Naresh and Ramesh.

He also discovered that the fish from the fish pen were missing, along with fish glue, a diesel drum, the seine (which was probably left in the water), groceries, pots and a stove. The engine was still intact and some fish that the men were drying in the cabin were left behind.

Vidya said that was the first time Prakash worked on her boat while it was the first trip for Naresh who worked as a carpenter. Ramesh started working on his uncle’s fishing boat at the age of 16 with his father.

Naresh’s reputed wife, Anita Somai said he decided to take a trip after his “bossman gone overseas” for vacation. He and Ramesh packed their clothing and left home around midday to join the boat at Skeldon.

The captain’s cousin, Anita Singh, told Stabroek News in tears yesterday that he had lived at her house for a year and moved out in January.

She said that on Friday another cousin told her he was among that five people that were missing and feared dead but she did not believe him. She subsequently received a call from another relative who confirmed the news.

Durhup lived at Beeram’s house at the Skeldon wharf and his mother, Kamla Simon, 52, said she had not seen him in a while.

She said that during last year he took fish for her but she was not at home and he left it at his sister’s house and promised to return to see her.

Vidya said Durhup worked with them for over four years and they never had any problem with him. She said he was always quiet and helpful and was an easy-going person.

More in Local News

default placeholder

Windies on the ropes against India

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – India, replying to West Indies’ 196 all out, were 126 for one in their first innings at the close on the opening day of the second Test against India at Sabina Park here Saturday.

default placeholder

Economy was sluggish through first half of year – GBTI Chairman

The economy was sluggish throughout the first of the year, according to the Chairman of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), Robin Stoby.

The newly commissioned $26.5 million Student Loan Agency, located at the University of Guyana Turkeyen’s campus

UG loan defaulters face travel ban

Government yesterday outlined proposed measures to ensure that University of Guyana (UG) students repay their loans, including barring those with outstanding debts from leaving the country.

default placeholder

Sexually-abused girls, ages 13 to 15, largest group in children’s homes

Over the last ten years, the number of children in institutional care in Guyana has increased by almost 50%, with girls between the ages of 13 and 15, many of whom have been victims of sexual abuse, representing the largest single age group.

default placeholder

ExxonMobil seeking more acreage for oil search

American oil firm ExxonMobil is seeking to acquire more acreage offshore Guyana and a top executive has reiterated that the plan for production is “probably early into the next decade at this point.” In a quarterly earnings call with analysts yesterday, ExxonMobil’s Vice President, Investor Relations and Secretary Jeffrey J.

default placeholder

Troy records second quarter drop in gold production

Australian mining company Troy Resources Limited has produced 34,740 ounces of gold for the year up to the end of June at its Karouni gold project here and adverse weather conditions and teething problems at its mill are being blamed for hindering operations in the last quarter.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: