BY NAN News Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 1, 2022: A Guyanese born NYPD cop is presumed dead in Guyana after he disappeared near the country’s Orinduik Falls on Sunday.
Officer Gladstone Haynes of the 70th Precinct in Flatbush was swimming in the waters near Orinduik Falls in Guyana, where he was vacationing, when he disappeared.
Officer Gladstone Haynes
The Orinduik Falls lie on the Ireng River, a highland river that thunders over steps and terraces of red jasper on the border of Guyana and Brazil before merging with the Takutu River and into Brazil to join the Amazon River.
The falls are situated amid the rolling, grass-covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains and is a wide, multi-tiered series of cascades that is approximately 25 m tall and more than 150 m wide.
The 17-year NYPD veteran was swimming with a woman when the currents became too much for the two of them, the New York Daily News quoted police sources as saying.
Rescuers managed to grab the woman, but couldn’t rescue Haynes, the paper reported.
“Basically, he went into some difficulty in the water, and he held another guy’s hand. I don’t know if the guy couldn’t grip him and at that point he went under water and he didn’t come up back after that point,” another tourist who witnessed the apparent drowning told the Guyanese online news site Demerara Waves.
Officer Haynes joined the NYPD in 2005 and has spent most of his career in the 70th Precinct. His father was member of the Guyana Police Force.
“We are assisting the state department and local authorities with their investigation,” an NYPD spokesman said.