Search still on for crew missing after capsizing

Rescuers intensified a search yesterday for the two men who are still missing after a Motor Tanker ‘Swift Dolphin’ capsized off the Corentyne Coast in Guyana’s waters.

A statement yesterday from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) said that the vessel, which was sailing to Georgetown from Suriname, capsized on Tuesday at around 21:10 hrs about 49 nautical miles off St. Andrews Point. The Captain and a crew member are still missing.

Yesterday, the statement said that a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Skyvan did an aerial reconnaissance of the area. In addition, the Hampton Rose – a re-supply vessel – was deployed to the area. It departed the Boat House, Stabroek Market at 14:30 hrs and was expected to reach the site at around 21:00 hrs.

According to Harbour Master (ag), Michael Tennant, three surveyors, a diver and a Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard Officer are onboard Hampton Rose.

Furthermore, Oldendorff a bauxite company that operates out of the Berbice River has also sent a vessel to join the rescue exercise.

The two rescued crew, who are onboard MV Joanna I, were expected to arrive sometime last evening at Port Georgetown.

 

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