Coast Guard confirm 11 Venezuelans drown, several more missing

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Coast Guard confirm 11 Venezuelans drown, several more missing

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has confirmed that 11 Venezuelan nationals have drowned while en route to Trinidad.

In a release, it said it received information from Venezuelan authorities indicating that eleven bodies had been recovered earlier on Saturday from the waters close to the Venezuelan coastal town of Guiria.

“Preliminary information suggests that a vessel had departed Guiria on 06 December 2020 with more than twenty persons onboard. These persons have not been seen or heard from since that day.

Checks have indicated that the Coast Guard has not intercepted any vessels coming from Guiria on 06 December or any time thereafter. At this time, the Coast Guard’s Rescue Coordination Center has dispatched assets as part of a joint search effort with Venezuelan authorities.”

News of the mass drownings broke on Saturday night.

The Coast Guard said it continues to provide border security services in the face of the threat of Covid-19 in order to maintain the safety and security of Trinidad and Tobago through the conduct of maritime security patrols within our area of operations.