Could this same vessel have drifted to Tobago?

The fishing boat with the bodies of fifteen men found adrift off Tobago on Friday morning, may be the same vessel Guyanese authorities spotted in that country’s territorial waters in mid-February.

The boat was first spotted about 83 nautical miles off Guyana on February 15.

According to those who saw it, the boat measured about 20 to 25 feet in length, had no engine and between five and ten bodies were seen.

A boat of similar size was found drifting off Tobago’s Atlantic coast.

Aboard, the authorities found the bodies of 14 men, and the skull and bones of a 15th person.

There was no identification, but the corpses were dressed in track pants and rain jackets.

When the vessel was spotted off Guyana, the authorities suggested that based on the drift pattern, it may have come from the open Atlantic Ocean, as far away as Africa.


The area searched off Guyana

Guyana conducted aerial and sea searches and an energy company with assets offshore was asked to locate and tow the boat to shore.

However, it could not be located when resources were mobilised and sent to the area.

Given its last known location and the direction of the currents, Guyana’s Ministry of Public Works said that the vessel was headed into Trinidad and Tobago’s territorial waters.

Trinidad and Tobago was asked by Guyana to use its coast guard assets to be on the lookout for a boat, and United States and Surinamese authorities were asked to help.

There was also speculation that the boat may have sunk.

In March, a similar fishing vessel was found off Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast with six decomposing bodies aboard.

Nicaragua’s interior Ministry said a Republic of Guinea passport belonging to a 31-year-old man was found on one of the bodies, and that all the victims may have died from dehydration and heatstroke.

Migrants from Africa’s west coast often make the perilous journey aboard rickety boats in an attempt to get to Europe, with some vessels sinking and others drifting into the open Atlantic.


In 2006, a vessel turned up off Barbados with eleven petrified corpses in its cabin. The authorities said the men, who all died from starvation, had set out from the coast of west Africa headed to the Cape Verde Islands. Their vessel was set adrift in the vast Atlantic Ocean and drifted all the way to the Caribbean.


Taxpayers have forked out close to $4 million in legal fees in the matter of Vertical Aviation LLC and the lease of the Sikorsky S76D helicopter by the former government.

Vertical Aviation had claimed the Government failed to satisfy its obligations under the lease by not paying rent and interest due for late rent payments, failed to replenish the security deposit after the aviation company applied the deposit funds to late rent payments, failed to enrol the aircraft in a tip-to-tail maintenance programme and did not maintain insurance for the aircraft.

Professor of molecular genetics and virology at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Christine Carrington says while there are yet no confirmed cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, it is only a matter of time before the highly transmissible variant is detected here.

Carrington was speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference hosted by the Ministry of Health.

A 41-year-old woman remained in police custody yesterday, being questioned in connection with the murder of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance chairman and Piarco Airport corruption accused John Smith, 74, on Friday afternoon.

Around 4.30 p.m. on Friday, offi­cers of the Maraval Police Station responded to a call that there was a domestic dispute at a residence in Haleland Park, Saddle Road, Mara­val.

For decades, Trinidad and Tobago has battled a raging gang problem.

Successive governments and law enforcement have fought to reduce criminal organisations which have engaged in well-executed mafia-style illegal operations, including drug and gun running, money laundering, prostitution, extortion, and crimes like murders, robberies and even what are regarded as white-collar ventures.

THE manager at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) who cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following a complaint against him has signed an affidavit saying he was repeatedly called upon to change his findings in the matter.

He also said he was denied several requests to interview the Min­ister of Public Utilities for a “witness statement in the matter”.

What happened in the canefield was a planned and frenzied assault, Justice Lisa Ramsumair-­Hinds said, in deli­vering guilty verdicts yesterday on Sean Luke murderers Akeel Mitchell and Richard Chatoo.

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