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A boat carrying nine people went down in the Gulf of Paria on Thursday morning.

The Coast Guard was able to find the passengers who were already aboard life rafts.

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They were taken to Staubles Bay for a medical assessment and allowed to leave.

The Coast Guard reported that at around 1110a.m. it received a report that the BCSL Endeavour was in distress.

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The Coast Guard arrived to find that the boat was already submerged about two nautical miles west of Pt Lisas.

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The occupants were aboard lift rafts. The passengers and life rafts were brought aboard the Coast Guard vessel. The area was searched to recover personal items.

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