The work of the judicial inquiry to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the sinking of a canoe on June 8 in Grand River South East (GRSE) killing four people continued on Thursday morning September 29 at the court of Flacq .
Before the magistrate Navina Parsuramen, who chairs the judicial inquiry, Lovena Mungur, crying and still in shock, recounted the sequence of events when her husband Chetalsing Mungur, 30, and her son Navish Mungur, 7 months, are drowned.
Lovena Mungur explains that 16 people who were aboard the canoe. They arrived in Ile-aux-Cerfs at 1:00 PM and left the island at 4:30 PM.
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While returning back on that dramatic day, Lovena Mungur remembers it was raining and there was no problem with the boat until suddenly it was reversed. Then the canoe recovered before accelerating to reverse again, says Lovena Mungur.
“Je me suis alors retrouvée sous la pirogue. Mon mari [Chetalsing Mungur] est venu vers moi et m’a demandé où était ma fille. Je ne savais pas où elle était. Il y avait d’autres femmes. Nous avons crié, pleuré et prié.
“J’ai essayé de pousser mon bébé [Navish Mungur] pour qu’il arrive à respirer. Le niveau de l’eau est monté et il n’y avait plus d’espace pour respirer. J’ai fermé les yeux et j’ai perdu connaissance,” said Lovena Mungur.
She explains that when she regained consciousness her baby was not with her: “Des personnes m’ont emmenée au poste de la National Coast Guard (NCG) et m’ont dit que ma fille était vivante. Les recherches se poursuivaient pour retrouver mon mari et mon bébé.”
Lovena Mungur and her daughter were urgently transported to the hospital: “Apre monn apran kinn gayn mo bebe ek zot inn amenn li lopital” before being informed of the death of her husband and 7 months son.
Lovena Mungur says shedid not see life jackets on-board the boat and did not see anyone come to her rescue until she lost consciousness.
The judicial inquiry is chaired by the magistrate Navina Parsuramen. The day of the tragedy, 16 people were on board a canoe that was reversed in circumstances still unexplained. Constable Chetalsing Mungur, 30, his son Navish, 7 months, police woman Urmila Mewa, 25, and Vaibhav Shamloll, 4, have all lost their lives.