Guyanese fish­ing crew robbed by Span­ish-speak­ing gang in Waini River

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

Eight Guyanese fish­er­men were at­tacked and robbed of their ves­sel on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in the Waini River by a gang of six men, sus­pected to be Venezue­lan na­tion­als.

Sun­day Stabroek was re­li­ably in­formed that the at­tack oc­curred around 3 pm on Thurs­day in the vicin­ity of an area called ‘Crab Dog,’ lo­cated close to the Guyana/Venezuela bor­der.

The cap­tain of the Guyanese ves­sel has been iden­ti­fied as Ju­lian Marks, 40, a res­i­dent of Dart­mouth Vil­lage, Esse­quibo Coast.

A po­lice source told this news­pa­per that en­quiries re­vealed that Marks and his crew were about to drop their seines when they were am­bushed by six Span­ish-speak­ing men, sus­pected to be Venezue­lans, who were armed with shot­guns, ri­fles and pis­tols. The men or­dered Marks and his crew to jump over­board. In fear for their lives, they com­plied. There­after, the men took pos­ses­sion of the crew’s wooden boat, which con­tained food stuff and other items and drove off into the di­rec­tion of Venezuela, leav­ing the vic­tims over­board.

When the pi­rates were a short dis­tance away, they re­port­edly cut a smaller boat that was tied to Marks, fish­ing boat and left it to drift.

Marks and his crew man­aged to get to the smaller boat and they were sub­se­quently res­cued by a pass­ing ves­sel.

Sun­day Stabroek was told that in­ves­ti­ga­tors have since vis­ited the scene but sev­eral searches for the pi­rates were un­suc­cess­ful.

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