Moruca fisherman drowns in Atlantic

A Moruca fisherman drowned in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday  after he fell overboard following an apparent heart attack.

Dead is 33-year-old Jerry Gonsalves of Moruca, North West District, Region One.

Reports said that tragedy struck at around 19:30 hrs on Monday while Gonsalves was taking in his seine.

Speaking to Stabroek News via telephone earlier yesterday, his brother-in-law Murphy De Souza said that Gonsalves along with his nephew Aphan and his younger brother-in-law Michael left to go fishing in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday last and they were to return home yesterday.

They were preparing to do so when tragedy struck not far from the Moruca River mouth.

De Souza said  at around 19:30 hrs Monday, Gonsalves  was taking in his seine when he suffered an apparent  heart attack which caused him to fall overboard. His nephew and brother-in-law immediately called relatives and informed them about the tragedy.

According to  De Souza the family formed a search party and went to the location to look for him.

They found the body at around 12:30 hrs yesterday.

This was his first fishing trip as  he only recently started the fishing business. Previously he was working with his parents who own the crab oil factory in Morabo, North West District.

According to De Souza, Gonsalves  was a jovial person who always gave support to the community in any activity. He was also a good mechanic and guitarist.

“We will miss him dearly,” De Souza  added.

Gonsalves has left to mourn his wife, 28-year-old Liza, five children, five siblings, his mother Marcia, father  Terry, father-in-law  Marco De Souza who is the Toshao of Moruca, other relatives and friends.

His body was taken to the Kumaka Mortuary.

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