Protest at Paria as relatives of missing underwater divers demand answers

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Protest at Paria as relatives of missing underwater divers demand answers

Police are currently on the scene of a protest outside the gates of the Paria Fuel Trade Company, as relatives of the four underwater divers who have been stuck in pipe in the Gulf of Paria since Friday demand answers.

The family, along with members of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) are calling on the officials to come out of their office and speak with them.

The divers Kazim Ali Jnr, Rishi Nagessar, 48, of Couva, Fyzal Kurban 57, of Claxton Bay and Yusuf Henry,31, of Sangre Grande.

A fifth diver, Christopher Boodram, was rescued on Fridat and is warded in a stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital.

In a release on Friday night Paria Fuel Trading Company Ltd stated that the five underwater divers employed with LMCS Ltd were conducting an underwater maintenance exercise at No 36 Sealine Riser on Berth #6 at Paria Trading Company Limited, Pointe a Pierre.

During the exercise, an incident occurred which resulted in the loss of sight of the five men who who were being monitored from shore. However, the company stated that incident management protocols at Paria were immediately triggered, in accordance with established standards.

The company stated then that the cause of the incident was still being investigated. However, the families were told that something went wrong and the men were sucked into a 36 inch pipe. They complained that that the company failed to contact them when the incident occurred and to initiate immediate rescue operations.

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