THREE persons from Richmond Village on Essequibo Coast were rescued from the churning, murky waters of the Atlantic Ocean last Thursday, after the boat in which they were travelling sank near Bird Island, not far from the Venezuelan border.
The men were transporting a cargo of foodstuff, worth millions of dollars, from
Venezuela to the Pomeroon River when tragedy struck.
Reports said the trio, including the owner of the vessel, Davin Narine, was thrown into the raging waters with their heavy cargo.
Realising that they could not remain floating, they held on to a fuel drum that was floating nearby, emptied and clung to it, despite suffering blisters about their bodies.
Narine said they floated, hoping that God would rescue them and, after three hours, a boat with several fishermen who were passing saw and quickly plucked them out of the rough seas.
The three were cold, weak and trembling, when they were saved, taken to Charity and rushed to Suddie Hospital.
Narine, of Richmond Village, was admitted a patient with burns about his body but was released on Saturday.
He said nothing about the other two men nor did he name them.
The Atlantic Ocean, near Bird Island and Iron Punt, where the mouths of the Barima, Waini and Orinoco Rivers flow into the Atlantic is very rough and dangerous at certain times of the year.
Over the years several boats returning from Venezuela have sunk at Iron Punt, with many persons drowning.