POLICE are investigating two separate deaths of miners on Valentine’s Day as a result of drowning.
Around 11:30hrs on Sunday last a 29-year-old miner of Sand Creek Village, South Rupununi, Region Nine, lost his life while swimming in an old mining pit at Kumung Kumung Backdam, Puruni River, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Region Seven.
Dead is Manley Williams. He was last seen swimming in a mining pit some 40 feet from the main camp, before suddenly going under the water.
A subsequent search by his brother resulted in the discovery of his motionless body in the pit. The body was escorted to Bartica as the investigation continues.
Another, miner Franklin Smith, 59, of Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara lost his life at Rock Creek Backdam, Puruni River.
Reports indicated that Smith was employed by a miner of Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast as a cook.
He went missing for a short period and his body was found on Sunday submerged in the Puruni River. The matter was reported to the police who retrieved the body which was in an advanced state of decomposition.
Police are investigating these incidents.