Man (23) drowns after boat capsizes in Mahaicony River

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Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 23-year-old Michael Saffie of Grove Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.  

At about 17:05 hours on Wednesday, Saffie and 53-year-old Vishan Harrypersaud called “Banky” were in a metal boat owned by the latter conducting a test drive in the Mahaicony River.

About a mile away from the Mahaicony Stelling, the boat gave a sudden spin and capsized causing both occupants to fall overboard. Harrypersaud told the Police that he managed to swim to the corner of the river.

However, he did not see Saffie. Harrypersaud was picked up by a passing boat which took him to the stelling at Central Mahaicony from where he went to the Mahaicony Police Station and made a report. 

The scene was visited by Police officers who noticed a chain tied to a tree trunk. Next to it, the boat was found submerged. The boat and engine were towed to the Mahaicony Police Station where they were lodged.

A search was carried out for Saffie and at about 09:50 hours on Thursday, his body was discovered by his father, Toney Saffie floating on the southern side of the Mahaicony River. 

The body was removed from the river and checks were made by Police ranks for marks of violence. What appeared to be a wound was seen on Michael Saffie’s mouth. Also, what appeared to be blood was seen oozing from his mouth and nostrils. 

He was then escorted to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is presently at the Bailey’s Funeral Home awaiting a post mortem examination. Investigations are ongoing.

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