Defense Force says it's not to blame in fisherman's death

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 00:00

The Defense Force is seeking to defend its soldiers against allegations that they contributed to the death of fisherman Brian Smith. 

Smith drowned over the weekend but his relatives say members of the Defense Force had a part to play in his death. 

Speaking to CNC3's The Morning Brew, Civil Military Affairs Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force, Major Al Alexander says that allegation is not in keeping with the information he received. 

Major Alexander said some soldiers were there repairing homes which were damaged due to the close proximity flight of a helicopter. 

He said during the repair works, Smith became intoxicated and had to be escorted away from the job site for his own safety.

Major Alexander said Smith then went for a swim in rough waters in plain view of eyewitnesses.