Miner’s body found floating in Mazaruni River

The body of Renold Rodrigues, a 30-year-old miner of River View, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was found floating in the Mazaruni River, Region Seven, on Monday.

Police Headquarters reported that Rodrigues was an employee’s at Mohan Singh’s mining operation at Makarie Backdam, Region Seven.

At about 16:00 hrs Sunday, Singh was reprotedly on site with his six workers, including Rodrigues; Rodrigues was at the sluice box working while Singh and the other workers were in the mining pit setting up the impeller.

When Singh and his workers exited the mining pit (after setting up the impeller), however, they could not find the Rodrigues. A search was launched, but was not be found.

At about 09:00 hrs Monday, Singh got into his speedboat and departed the camp, heading to Bartica. A short while after, Singh received a call from one of his workers informing him that Rodrigues’ body was found floating in the Mazaruni River.

As a result, Singh proceeded to the Bartica Police Station, where he reported the matter. He stated that the sluice box is about 1,000 feet away from the river bank.

Detectives from Bartica have left for the scene to conduct investigations.