(Demerara Waves) Search and recovery experts believed that a vessel, with a number of decomposed bodies, seen adrift in the Atlantic sea offshore Guyana might have drifted from as far as Africa and eventually sank overnight Monday in bad weather.
Director Maritime Safety, Retired Coast Guard Commander John Flores said the vessel, which is fairly deep, might have accumulated seawater or rainwater due to “very bad weather.” “It probably could have sunk or become water-logged and went down. We are not quite sure as yet but the weather was very bad last (Monday) night,” he said.
Mr. Flores said the open vessel seemed to be a rivercraft which made it more susceptible to flooding by rain or seawater,
Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill said a tug working for ExxonMobil, on Monday about 14:04 hours spotted the vessel of unknown origin, with five to 10 “unidentified lifeless bodies”, more than 112 nautical miles from the coast and immediately alerted the Maritime Administration (MARAD). He said that investigations have already revealed that no boat or crew was reported missing in Guyana.