T&T Coast Guard turns away Venezuelan boats
The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard said it turned away two pirogues carrying Venezuelan people over the course of several days.
In a statement dated November 4, 2019, the TTCG said two pirogues with a total of 48 occupants were detained and escorted out of Trinidad and Tobago waters back to Venezuela, based on instructions received from the Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security.
One person was detained by officials for questioning in connection with an empty pistol magazine which was found on one of the boats.
The TTCG said one vessel was spotted on November 1, 2019, around 10.20 pm while carrying out patrols in the Gulf of Paria.
The pirogue carried 33 Venezuelans – 20 males and 13 females.
The Coast Guard said they were taken to their headquarters at Staubles Bay where an empty pistol magazine was found, and as a result the boat captain was detained by officials in connection with the find.
The TTCG said the passengers were processed by members of the Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security.
The second vessel was spotted on November 2, 2019 around 12.59 am while the TTCG was carrying out patrols.
The TTCG said this vessel contained 15 Venezuelans – 11 males and four females. The TTCG said the vessel was taken to Staubles Bay for more searches and processing by Immigration Division officials.
The TTCG said it continues to maintain the ‘safety and security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the conduct of maritime security patrols within our area of operations’.