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The Guyana Defence Force soldier Lance Corporal Barrington John , a rank who served at the 241 Company of the 2 Infantry Battalion, lost his life by drowning during the withdrawal of ranks from an Observation Post at Karasabai Village in Region 9 (Upper Takutu/ Upper Essequibo) on Saturday.
As ranks from the Observation Post at Karasabai Village attempted to cross the flooded Urara Creek via boat, in the vicinity of Karasabai, the boat capsized with all ranks. LCPL Barrington John went under water due to the strong currents and was later recovered in an unconscious state . He was rushed to the Karasabai District Hospital where the doctor pronounced him dead on arrival.
The late soldier was a resident of Paramakatoi Village (Region 8- Potaro -Siparuni).
His relatives have since been made aware of the incident.
The Guyana Defence Force extends deepest condolences to his loved ones.