An appeal is being made to seafarers around Trinidad and Tobago to be on the lookout for a life raft that may contain the survivors from a vessel that sank in the Atlantic Ocean on September 26, when it was caught in the fury of Hurricane Lorenzo.

There were 14 crew aboard the tug boat “Bourbon Rhode” when it went down.


The men may be on a raft like this

Search and rescue responders found three alive. Four bodies were recovered. Seven remain missing.

The vessel was en route from the Canary Islands to Georgetown, Guyana.

The missing are from Ukraine and Croatia, and the families believe they may still be alive and could have made it into the life raft that was aboard the vessel.

According to international media reports, the search initially involved several commercial vessels, a French Navy frigate equipped with a helicopter, and multiple French and U.S. aircraft.


The last known location of the Bourbon Rhode

However, there is only one vessel still actively search the area where the vessel last reported its position, with a message that the engine room was flooded, and the vessel was floundering in ten metre swells.

There were sightings of emergency flares, but nothing was found.

Family members of the missing seafarers are raising funds to continue the search.

Hurricane Lorenzo is recorded as the easternmost Category 5 hurricane on record. It did not reach the Caribbean but instead took a trajectory toward the United Kingdom.


The track of Hurricane Lorenzo


THE delivery of education during the period of school closure has been fraught with challenges and teaching cannot simply resume as normal when schools reopen in September.

From the lack of accountability of teachers to the lack of access to the Internet and devices for many pupils, the process has simply not been effective.

More citizens are expressing disappointment at not receiving the promised salary grant.

Housekeeping employees of The Villas at Stonehaven at Black Rock, Tobago— Rackel Ayres and Sheldon Greene — told the Express they continue to be “disappointed” since they have not yet received the $1,500 salary relief grant to assist with their expenses during Covid-19.

MASSY Motors, the largest dealer of new cars in T&T, yesterday announced it has furloughed 68 employees, it will rotate an additional 35 members of staff one-day on and one-day off and ten executives will have their salaries cut by 20 per cent.

The expenditure-reduction measures, which will impact 113 employees in total, took effect from June 1 and are due for last three months, Massy Motors chairman, David O’Brien told the Express yesterday.