Man snatched at sea, family pleads for help

Au­gust will make one year since fish­er­man Bar­ry Boban was kid­napped by pi­rates while fish­ing off the coast of Moru­ga.

He was nev­er found and al­though po­lice said the case in­to his dis­ap­pear­ance is be­ing ac­tive­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed, Boban’s sis­ter Ema­lyn Boban re­mains hope­ful that he will come home one day.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view on Mon­day, Ema­lyn said she be­lieved that her broth­er was still alive. Boban, 34, had gone out to fish with Shane Har­ba­jan, 25 and cap­tain David Williams, 39, on Au­gust 19, 2018 when they were ac­cost­ed by Venezue­lan pi­rates.

“We do not know where he is but we feel maybe he is locked up some­where in Venezuela be­cause we nev­er had any mon­ey to pay any ran­som for him,” she said.

Since his dis­ap­pear­ance, Ema­lyn said she went to the An­ti-Kid­nap­ping Unit and lodged a com­plaint.

“The po­lice told me that they had no leads but they said the boat cap­tain came home but no­body has seen him,” Ema­lyn said. She added that her fam­i­ly has been dis­traught since Boban went miss­ing.

Ear­li­er this year, Boban wrote to Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith ask­ing him to look in­to the dis­ap­pear­ance. She said she re­ceived a re­sponse in March say­ing that the TTPS had con­duct­ed in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to the dis­ap­pear­ance. The TTPS said that Moru­ga po­lice were con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the case can con­tact the Moru­ga po­lice at 656-7001.

Over the past year, as Venezuela’s so­cio-eco­nom­ic cri­sis in­ten­si­fies, crim­i­nal gangs in the Venezue­lan state of Su­cre have been try­ing to dom­i­nate the drug traf­fick­ing route from the coun­try’s coast to the Caribbean.

 - by Radhica De Silva. Photo by Kristian De Silva.

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