Paria survivor breaks down during testimony -“Get it over with”

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Paria survivor breaks down during testimony -“Get it over with”

Christopher Boodram, the lone survivor in the Paria pipeline disaster, says he thought he was going to die.

Boodram has been giving testimony today before the Commission of Enquiry into the incident.

He survived while his co-workers Fyzal Kurban, Rishi Nagassar, Kazim Ali Jr and Yusuf Henry all died during the incident.

The five divers went to an offshore platform at Pointe-a-Pierre to conduct maintenance works on a pipeline around 2.45 p.m.

However, reports said something went wrong and they were all sucked into the pipeline.

Today’s proceedings were forced to be suspended as Mr Boodram attempted to compose himself amid the emotional testimony.

Mr Boodram was brought to tears several times as he recounted the upsetting tragedy.

At one point, he was encouraged by Enquiry Chairman, Jerome Lynch KC to take as much time as he needed to compose himself.

Asked he needed more time, Boodram insisted that he just wanted to “get it over with”.