Thursday 22 August, 2019

MP describes state’s response to Carli Bay tragedy as ‘inhumane’

Member of Parliament for Couva South Rudranath Indarsingh is lamenting what he has described as the ‘inhumane’ response of the state to the Carli Bay tragedy.

Sie­u­nar­ine Gyandass, his broth­er Chu­ni­lal Gyan­dass, Ku­mar Lal­la, Ronald Nar­i­nesingh, Vedesh Mar­lo, and Glen Pra­ha­l­ad left Car­li Bay around 1 pm last Sun­day to fish but fell victim to the choppy sea condition, resulting in their boat sinking.

Lalla and Prahalad were able to swim back to shore but, Chunilal Gyandass and Ronald Narinesingh drowned and their bodies were recovered on Monday.

Sieunarine Gyandass and Vedesh Marlo are still missing at sea.

Indarsingh said that the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) did not respond to the SOS call until near midnight and said that their response to-date has been uncoordinated and lacks any sense of urgency to bring relief to the families of the victims.

He said that the National Security Council headed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley must do a comprehensive review and assessment of the functions and service of the Coast Guard.

Indarsingh said he has been visiting the families and their community since the tragedy began but noted that as the Member of Parliament for this area, he has not been updated nor briefed by the various arms of the security divisions on the investigations and recovery efforts.

"It has been a very painful and emotional period which has been compounded by the fact that to date, the community can only see the TTCG vessel from the shoreline as none of its personnel have ventured ashore,” Indarsingh said in a statement on Friday.

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