The three crew members, who were allegedly pumping fuel from the “Canada-Club” fuel vessel on Saturday last, had died instantly following the explosion.
Dead are 60-year-old Seepersaud Persaud, the boat captain who resided at Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara (WCD), 29-year-old Damion Dias, a handyman from Sarah Johanna, EBD, and 40-year-old Mark Mangal, a handyman of Riverstown, Essequibo Coast.
They Break News was reliably informed that the Canada-Club vessel, which was docked at a wharf at Friendship, East Bank of Demerara (EBD), had delivered mogas diesel and gasoline to Guyoil on Friday, and returned on Saturday at about 10:30 hrs.
After the vessel had docked, the men went home but subsequently returned and began extracting fuel from the vessel engine, which is located at the front of the vessel’s deck, by using an engine to pump the fuel.
At about 16:40hrs, a loud explosion was heard coming from the direction of the vessel, and smoke was seen emanating from the bow of the vessel.
Firefighters from the Diamond Fire Service were summoned to the scene and immediately extinguished the blaze.
As a result of the explosion, the three men were assumed to have died instantly from the blast. A hose was later found connected to a partially burnt fuel pump, along with a melted yellow jar which was being used by the men to pump the fuel into.
It was also disclosed that the gasoline tank valve was open. According to a source, the valve was supposed to remain closed and the hose was only supposed to be connected to the fuel pump when discharging fuel.
Further checks were made in Persaud’s motor car #PTT 2965, and five six-gallon bottles and one five-gallon bottle were discovered filled with gasoline in the trunk of the car.
After the discovery was made, samples were taken from the bottles and lodged with the Grove Police Station.
The men’s bodies are presently at the Lyken’s Funeral Parlor awaiting an autopsy. An investigation is ongoing.