GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana police Saturday arrested five people allegedly involved in a pirate attack that left one man dead and three others missing at sea.
“During this morning, acting on information received, the police went to the No.65 Village Foreshore, Corentyne, where they saw a boat matching the description given. Five men who were aboard have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations,” the police said in a statement.
The authorities said that the attack occurred while the occupants of the boat were in the Lower Shell Area, Nickerie in Suriname.
The police said they have informed their Surinamese counterparts of the incident.
The dead person has been identified as Guyanese national, Hemchand Sukhdeo, 44, who was one of the four crew members of the boat which was being captained by Seepersaud Persaud.
Persaud is reported to have been thrown overboard by the five pirates who were armed with cutlasses. Police said Persaud was rescued by the crew of another fishing vessel and that the incident occurred late on Friday night.
They said the four crew members were aboard a boat in Surinamese territory when the pirates attacked, taking away two 48hp outboard motor engines, tied up the four crew members and threw Seepersaud Persaud overboard.
The area was searched but neither the vessel nor the other three crew members have been located.