Guyanese saves Ghanaian from drowning – by Francis Quamina Farrier


“All I can say is, it’s a miracle I am currently breathing”. So says Ghanaian Horatio Nii Dodoo, who was saved from drowning. The young man and three friends were having some fun on a beach in Ghana, when he was saved from drowning, by a Guyanese. “Can’t stop thanking the Lord for making Lawrence come to the beach that day.” The Lawrence who Horatio Nii Dodoo is referring to, is former Saint Stanislaus College student, Lawrence Lachmansingh.

The married Guyanese father of three, was on the beach with his family; being at the right place at the right time to save someone from drowning. Horatio Nii Dodoo, the Ghanaian who was rescued, informed me by e-mail, that he and others were at the beach, having fun, taking photographs, when he got into trouble in the water. “Unfortunately for me, I don’t know how to swim, so I struggled a bit and called for help”, Dodoo stated. However, the help was very limited. 

His friend Julius who had tried to save him, is not a good swimmer, according to Dodoo. “He did his best but could not bring me out of the water. “I really remember giving up as I could feel Julius letting go of me.”The next thing I remember, was being dragged to a chair with water dripping out of my mouth.” It was Lawrence Lachmansingh who had bravely dived into the river and pulled the young Ghanaian to safety.

Lawrence Lachmansingh is on a tour of duty with the UNDP in Ghana. His terms of reference does not include “saving someone from drowning in a river”. But Lachmansingh did the heroic thing and saved the life of a young man. A native of Linden, Lachmansingh has served with the UNDP in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Cyprus, Indonesia, Sudan and his native Guyana. He is a dedicated Family man.

Ghana is regarded as one of the most peaceful countries in Africa and a country in which Christianity and Islam have official status and co-exist in peace. Boys as well as girls in that West African country are afforded the best education available.  (END)

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Caption:  “Lachmansingh is wearing blue and Dodoo is in red standing on the beach with the others. The river is in the background”

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  • David Hazell  On May 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Yes that was me in the 50`s. My friend saved me from drowning in the housing scheme area .It was a horrible experience thank God I was saved

  • Wycliffe Thomas  On May 13, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Hope this will now UNITE the two major races in Guyana. Too often we call people Blackman or Coolieman. This must stop immediately as we are all creatures made in the likeness of God and therefore brothers and sisters in Christ. The Politicians must make right with the Almighty and use this as a biginning to unite the people. We are all GUYANESE. The quicker we understand this, and stop this racial war, the better it will be for all. No one is greater than the other for Jesus Christ said “Love one another as I have loved you”. I hope this commandment means alot to the Politicians who are reading this now and do the correct thing.

  • Prince Oppong  On May 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Thank you Lawrence for saving a life. I hope Nii Dodoo will live to remember your help.

  • don gomes  On May 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    lawrence …you are a hero.a great piece of news of excellence! he must now learn to swim as he has a second chance at life
    .have a great day……..ghana…..guyana…….mix up? nah we from the same soil.

  • marc mattews  On January 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Human Kindness Overflowing : – Nina Simone

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