Eight years after the tragic boat accident that claimed the lives of 10 civilians in the Mazaruni River, the two boat captains, who were on trial for 10 counts of manslaughter were today found not guilty by Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall and a jury at the Essequibo High Court.

Devon Thomas, called “Beast” and Cabesh Persaud, called “Dube,” were accused of unlawfully killing Deon Moses, Ulrick Grimes, Christopher Ramnarine, Zahir Baksh; Brazilian national Francisco Olivera Alves, Kevon Ambrose, Keanu Amsterdam, and his brother, Ricky Bobb; Jermaine Calisto, and Jewan Seeram on July January 22, 2013.

It was reported that on the day in question, Thomas was the captain of the vessel called ‘Matheran,’ which had 13 persons aboard, while Persaud was the sailor of the vessel called ‘Dube’ which had six passengers.

The vessels, which were traversing in full throttle, collided at Crab Falls in the Mazaruni River, and resulted in the ten persons dying.


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