Police contact Interpol on reported shooting of T&T vessel

The Guyana Police Force has sent correspondence to Interpol in relation to a report that a Trinidadian vessel was shot at in Guyana’s waters after its captain refused to transport drugs, Crime Chief Seelall Persaud said yesterday.

“We sent something through Interpol… yesterday (Tuesday)”, he said noting that there had been no response. Also the local police is yet to be contacted by their Trinidadian counterparts.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Kirk Jean-Baptiste told the Trinidad Express newspaper on Sunday that a Trinidad and Tobago cargo vessel was shot at on Friday night and forced to leave Guyana after the captain allegedly refused to transport drugs into this country. According to the newspaper article the Adorra travelled to Guyana last month with a shipment of coconut water and the crew stayed longer than expected.

It was stated that on Friday, the captain was approached and offered money to transport drugs into Trinidad but he refused. This refusal is said to have sparked a confrontation.

The captain and the crew were verbally threatened and gunmen opened fire on the vessel.

The Andorra immediately left for Trinidad but was not pursued, the article said.

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