The father of the 11-year-old West Ruimveldt boy who disappeared off the Georgetown seawalls
on Tuesday, after an outing at the Kingston seawall, has expressed anger at the Guyana Coastguards.
According to Roy Success, the Coastguards reportedly spotted what was believed to be the body of his only son, Shemar Success, in the Demerara River. He said that they did not attempt to retrieve it.
Instead, he said, members of the Coastguard patrol reported the spotting of the body to the Marine Corps. But by the time efforts were made by the Marine Corps to recover the body, it had already disappeared. Late last evening the search was continuing for the teen that is now believed to have drowned. The teen’s father told Kaieteur News that he is surprised that the Coastguards did not tow the body in but instead, left it there to float away. The visually stressed Success said that when his son went missing on Tuesday, he gave the Coastguards his cellular number to contact him if they should get any information about his son. They did not call him.
Success explained that about 18:10 hours yesterday, he received a call from one of his “fisherman-friend” who “broke the news.”
He stated that he immediately went to the Marine centre behind the West Ruimveldt Police Station. There, he said, that he received the horrifying news.
“I am very grateful that they are out there up to now (20:00hrs) searching for my son’s body but I am very upset that the Coastguards did not tow the body in. If they did not want to hold the body they could
have simply pulled the body in at the side of the boat,” an angry Success lamented.
On Tuesday last, Shemar Success went for an outing at the Kingston seawall with a few friends when he reportedly went for a swim and never surfaced after diving in.
The Success Elementary School student recently wrote the National Grade Six Assessment examinations.