Sunday 27 September, 2020

Coast Guard ready to assist in search for Venezuelans missing at sea

While the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) have conducted several patrols north of Chacachacare where a boat carrying Venezuelan migrants is believed to have overturned, no one has been found. 

Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday, National Security Minister Stuart Young said the Coast Guard remains on standby in the event they are contacted by Venezuelan authorities to assist in rescue efforts. 

However, Young said there have been conflicting reports as the TTCG has been in contact with their Venezuelan colleagues who are also conducting patrols which have so far turned up nothing. 

"All that has been verified at this stage is that a person who appears to be a citizen of Venezuela was picked up by a private marine vessel on its way to Grenada. That person was then taken to Grenada by the persons on the private marine vessel."

The Minister said reports so far have been conflicting, pointing to the vessel originating from Margarita and Guiria, two completely different areas.

"To date, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has found absolutely no evidence of any vessel being sunk, anybody being on such a vessel in the water or anything associated with the vessel in the water.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard have performed patrols in the general area and found nothing." 

But, the Minister assured that the TTCG stand ready to assist in any way they can.

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