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Guyana Fisherman Drowns After Pirates Attack Boat

Authorities say a Guyanese fisherman drowned when he fell overboard during a pirate attack and became pinned between two boats.

Police spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker says two pirates armed with a shotgun and machete attacked Satrohan Persaud's boat near neighboring Suriname. He said Monday that the pirates stole fuel, fish and fishing equipment before attacking other boats.

Officials in the South American country have urged fishermen to install radios on their boats to alert police about attacks.

Lawmakers have sought tougher penalties for piracy as attacks on small boats have increased in recent months.

Police say the 53-year-old man died Sunday.