The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is yet to confirm the truth of reports that several Venezuelan nationals have gone missing at sea, after the boat they were in capsized en route to Trinidad and Tobago.
According to an article published today by Venezuelan news site Noticia Al Dia, 33 people disappeared at sea after a boat which travelled from the town of Guiria to T&T sank near The Bocas off Trinidad's west coast.
The article further stated that only the boat's captain and another passenger were rescued in an offshore area known as Boca de Dragon.
The controversial Jean de la Valette ferry is being leased by Government for 34,500 Euros a day, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has confirmed.
With the currency conversion rate at TT$7.64 to one Euro, the 34,500 daily Euro rate which Rowley gave in Parliament yesterday works out to be about TT$263, 580 a day for the ferry.
Rowley gave the daily lease cost while replying to Opposition questions after United National Congress whip David Lee sought the cost of leasing the ferry, including crew, supplies and securing it.
A Down-d-Islands outing with a group of friends on Sunday turned tragic when one of them died after falling overboard and was struck by the propellers of a boat they occupied.
The victim was identified as Nicholas Kowlessar, 42, of St Joseph Village, San Fernando. He worked as a Marine Supervisor at A.R. Singh Contractors Limited in Point Fortin.
Kowlessar was taken to the T&T Coast Guard Headquarters at Staubles Bay in Chaguaramas by his friends seeking help.
The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has rescued a boat that had been adrift for the last 6 to 7 days.
The vessel was on the way from Spain to Grenada when it developed problems.
The Defence Force says that at 8pm on Thursday, Lieutenant Diaz; Captain of TTS Speyside received information about a vessel, "Wichita", adrift on the East Coast of Trinidad.
Coast Guard boat CG25 was deployed to the vessel’s last known position, six nautical miles east of the Dolphin Production Platform, to render assistance.