Body of American tourist who went missing while on Rupununi fishing trip found

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Dead: Thomas Carsten Jr.

The body of American tourist, Thomas Carsten Jr., who went missing on Tuesday during a fishing trip in the Rupununi River, was found on Thursday. 

They Break News understands that Carsten was staying at a resort in Rupununi. He later left there in the company of a boat captain and another man for a fishing trip. 

The boat, however, capsized. While the other two men managed to get to safety, Carsten went missing. As such, a search was launched for him by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). 

Earlier this month, the body of Guyana-born New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer, Gladstone Haynes, who went missing at the Orinduik Falls on October 30, was found. 

This publication had reported that the 41-year-old man went missing while swimming in the popular tourist site. He died because of drowning. 

Haynes, who lived in Brooklyn, was in Guyana on vacation with his wife and children. 

According to reports, Haynes was among a group of tourists who visited the Orinduik Falls which is in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).  

In light of these tragedies, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond is advising tourists to ensure that their tours and tour operators are approved by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) before proceeding to travel.  

“Tours which are unregulated and not approved by the Authority many times do not have the necessary safety systems and protocols in place”, noted a statement from the ministry. 

A list of approved operators is published on the ministry’s website and the GTA’s Facebook page.

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