GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Two teens – a boy and a girl – were rescued by officials from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Friday as they attempted to commit suicide.
The Guyana Defence Force said at about 3pm on Friday one of its Coast Guard ranks, along with the unit’s welfare officer, foiled a the attempt by two secondary school students at the Kingston Jetty, Georgetown.
“The two teenagers, who were allegedly preparing to jump into the deep waters at the mouth of the Demerara River, were spotted by an observant rank, who immediately intervened with the assistance of the Unit’s welfare officer,” the army said in a statement.
The Director of the Ministry of Social Protection’s Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Greene was reported by Demerara Waves Online News as saying that the boy and girl, who both hail from the East Coast Demerara, were in her care and were being counselled.
The Guyana Police Force was summoned to the scene and the teens were taken into protective custody.
Guyana has one of the highest rates of suicides in this part of the world.
At least four cases of suicide have already been recorded for this year.