Tuesday 26 May, 2020

TTCG crew quarantined after rescuing Venezuelans from sinking vessel

Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh responds to an urgent question in Parliament on May 22, 2020

Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh responds to an urgent question in Parliament on May 22, 2020

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), who rescued 32 Venezuelan nationals from a sinking boat on Wednesday, are being quarantined for a period of 14-days.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the officers have not exhibited any flu-like symptoms.

"Are they in quarantine? The answer is yes. They are in quarantine under the authority of the Chief Medical Officer with his powers under the Quarantine Act and under the direct care of the Coast Guard medical personnel at a facility designated by the Coast Guard. They are in quarantine, but none of the Coast Guard staff displayed flu-like symptoms," Deyalsingh said.

According to a statement from the TTCG on Friday, officers intercepted a vessel on the south coast of Trinidad that had crossed the closed border from Venezuela into Trinidad on Wednesday morning.

It said immediately after the vessel was intercepted it was observed that it was taking in water at a fast rate and was in danger of sinking with all the persons onboard.

It said the 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 32 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.

The Coast Guard said in keeping with current Ministry of Health protocols the Venezuelan nationals are being kept in mandatory quarantine for fourteen days.

It added that the crew of the TTCG vessel has also been placed in isolation.

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