Police in Regional Division 7 are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal incident which occurred on Sunday, April 14, 2024, about 16:00hrs at Puruni Backdam, Puruni River, resulting in the death of Stephen Mark Samuel, a 47-years-old miner of Karwap Mission, Pomeroon River, Region 2.

Investigation revealed that the now-deceased was employed with a Brazilian national on a six-inch land dredge as a jet man. On the date and time mentioned, Samuel and several other workers were in a pit working.

Whilst working, a part of the eastern wall broke and fell into the pit covering the jet man.

An alarm was raised, and with the assistance of other workers present, Samuels motionless body was removed from under the rubble.

A report was then made to the police who visited the scene and examined the body. No marks of violence were seen.

Samuels body was then escorted to the Puruni Health Centre and pronounced dead on arrival by Doctor Semple.

The body is presently at Bartica Regional Hospital mortuary and will be transported to Georgetown for a post-mortem examination.

Investigations are ongoing.


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