Saturday 24 October, 2020

32 Venezuelan nationals sent back home

Communications Minister, Donna Cox speaks at the Ministry of Health's virtual media briefing on May 25, 2020.

Communications Minister, Donna Cox speaks at the Ministry of Health's virtual media briefing on May 25, 2020.

The 32 Venezuelan nationals, who were rescued by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) from a sinking vessel, were repatriated on Sunday.

Communications Minister Donna Cox made the revelation, while responding to a question from a reporter at the Ministry of Health's virtual media briefing on Monday.

"The 32 Venezuelans were returned to Venezuela yesterday," she said.

The Coast Guard officers who were involved in the operation remain in quarantine.

Last Wednesday, officers intercepted a vessel on the south coast of Trinidad that had crossed the closed border from Venezuela into Trinidad.

According to a statement from the TTCG, a 32 Venezuelan nationals were taken from the vessel and placed onboard a TTCG patrol boat that was in the vicinity.

The TTCG said the patrol boat transported the nationals to a landing area, where they were medically examined by Ministry of Health officials and it was determined that none of them exhibited any signs of viral illnesses.

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