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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Renuka Singh

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday said he will await the “findings of independent” investigation before saying anything more on the four divers who were sucked into a pipeline last Friday and subsequently died.

“I note the sorrow, the trauma, the loss, the emotions, the malice and the political ambition,” Rowley said.

“I am able to differentiate between them all.”

On Monday, hours after Paria Fuel announced the recovery mission, Energy Minister Stuart Young said experts from Shell and BP will be part of a panel to investigate the incident, including what happened, what protocols were in place and what needs to be put in place.

On Monday night, the Prime Minister’s office issued a statement saying that “it is with great sadness that we have just received confirmation that four citizens have lost their lives whilst on technical subsea duty at Paria facilities in the Gulf of Paria.”

The Prime Minister gave the families of the lost men the commitment “that all that has to be done by Paria and its associates in this matter will be professionally executed starting with the already announced independent investigation involving the best professional and technical expertise available to the country.”