The Coast Guard has confirmed that it is embarking on a search and rescue mission of a Venezuelan vessel that sank on its way to Trinidad and Tobago, with dozens of Venezuelans on board.
A statement by the Coast Guard said that it received a report at 11.40 pm Wednesday, indicating that a pirogue named B/P JHONNALY JOSE (Registration Number: ARSI-CA-0067) left Venezuela on Tuesday and was reported to have overturned whilst at sea.
Over 51 kilogrammes of suspected marijuana have been seized in an operation conducted by the Cast Guard.
The Defence Force says that around 4.30 pm on Saturday, a Coast Guard Interceptor whilst on routine patrol, intercepted a pirogue in the Gulf of Paria with three occupants on board.
The vessel and occupants were escorted to the Coast Guard Base at Cedros Bay, where further searches were conducted.
Two crocus bags were discovered containing 49 packets of a plant-like substance which weighed approximately 51.8 kgs.
National Security Minister Stuart Young says the Cabinet has taken a decision to restored 14 Coast Guard interceptors, back into service, following video circulating earlier this week of foreign nationals coming ashore in Erin.
The minister says they will help to protect the country's maritime borders, saying the aim is to have them up and running in the "shortest possible time".
He told today's post-Cabinet news conference that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley recently visited the Coast Guard headquarters and was told that out of 25 interceptors, not many were working.
Coast Guard divers are still searching for the body of Kesion Rampersad who is believed to have drowned at Moruga on Sunday.
Rampersad, 21, of Penal Rock Road, was swimming at the mouth of the Lanse Mitan River around 5.30 pm when he and three other people got into difficulty.
Two of the people were pulled from the river but Rampersad disappeared into the water.
Villagers and fishermen are assisting in the search efforts.
More as this story develops.
- by Radhica De Silva
A fisherman who allegedly fell off a boat is discovered floating in waters off mosquito creek.
CNC3 News understands that around 5:30 am on Monday, Neil Ramkhelawan went fishing with another man. It was reported that while recovering a net Ramkhelawan fell off the vessel and disappeared in the waters. Several search efforts were unsuccessful up till late last evening. Around 7 am this morning a passerby spotted a body floating and alerted the police, Coast Guard officials were also informed and assisted in recovering the body.
Four men are now in police custody following a drug bust by Coast Guard servicemen last night.
The Coast Guard intercepted a vessel in Trinidad and Tobago waters around 11 pm Monday.
After searching they discovered 46 packets of marijuana weighing 27 kilograms.
The drugs have an estimated street value $270,000.
They also found 20 boxes with 500 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Four men aged 18, 19, 22 and 29 were arrested.
Two of the men are from Matelot and the other two from Arima.
They were handed over to the police for processing.
Eight Venezuelans have been committed to stand trial in the High Court on charges of importing and trafficking cocaine with a street value of $50 million.
In giving her ruling, Deputy Chief Magistrate Nanette Forde-John, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Fifth Court, found that a prima facie case had been made out against the foreigners.
They are: Victor Jose Careno, Oscar Thomas Ruiz Colmenarez, Dionya Andres Marval Salazar, Alexis Caldea Lopez, Pablo Rafael Marval Rodriguez, Jose Gregario Marval Salazar, Saul Ellia Waldrop and Jose Florentino Alcala Carrion.