Investigation launched into Harbour Bridge Accident
General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Rawlston Adams, speaking to Capitol News. He told this newscast that Seepersaud Roopchand was an experienced and licensed tug operator. He said Roopchand was in the employ of the bridge for just under a year.
The 57-year-old man succumbed at the Diamond Hospital some two hours after his body was retrieved from the river. This was after a Tug capsized on Saturday just after 11:30. Adams said instructions were clear for Roopchand to stand down after the reported inspection by the management of the Bridge was cancelled.
Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn said the incident was regrettable and unfortunate. He said safety standards and practices are usually high at the Habour Bridge.
Adams said that the 57-year-old father of one fell overboard His body was retrieved some 300 meters downstream of the bridge. He said CPR was immediately administered by fellow workers but their efforts were unsuccessful.