Sunday 15 December, 2019

THA Chief chastises those behind 'malicious' bomb scare

The Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Kelvin Charles, has condemned Monday's malicious act at the Port of Scarborough.

His statement follows a bomb threat which delayed the 6:30 am sailing of the T&T Spirit. The fire service responded, swept the vessel and cleared it safe for travel.

Charles said the threat was an attempt to destabilise the now functioning sea bridge. 

“This caller has carried out a despicable act and it is a clear act on the part of a person or persons, intent on destabilizing the situation in Tobago and in Trinidad now that things are running quite smoothly on the sea-bridge, with confidence being restored. I consider it an act of desperation and this is how far some are willing to go; they will even put you, the population of our beautiful and peaceful island, at risk. We, at the Tobago House of Assembly, view this act as unpatriotic as it is an act against the Government and people of this country; the people who just want to travel between our islands for work, business or leisure and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Let me thank the Emergency Services for their swift response to this situation. Thank you.”

Someone called the Scarborough port around 5:12 am, claiming that there was a bomb on the ferry. Emergency services were contacted, people were evacuated from the vessel. 

The T&T Spirit, which was scheduled to depart at 6:30 am, eventually got underway at 9:10 am with 669 passengers and 120 vehicles on board; while the Galleons Passage departed Port of Spain at 9:35 am with 79 passengers. 

The MV Cabo Star was expected to sail from Port of Spain at 4:00 pm instead of 2:00 pm as initially scheduled, to facilitate increased security checks. At this time, there are no other expected departure delays from Port of Spain.

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