(Trinidad Express) Alive! Ten people on a fishing boat bound for Tobago who went missing on Friday afternoon, were found alive in Venezuelan waters yesterday.
Public Relations Officer of the Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Kirk Jean-Baptiste said that Coast Guard was informed at around 10 am that the boat with the ten passengers was found on one of the Los Monjes island north of Venezuela.
“They were found in Venezuelan waters by Venezuelan authorities. Yes they are alive,” said Jean-Baptiste. “They were found on the boat.“
Rumours spread on Sunday that the boat passengers were found dead.
Jean Baptiste said: “There were rumours last night (Sunday) that the bodies were found and the boat was found with bullet holes and persons were crying at the Marabella Police Station. I don’t know why people do these things.”
The Coast Guard PRO said that when the ten return to Trinidad they will be questioned by authorities.
He said the Venezuelan Embassy will organise their return to Trinidad, and they may return today.
The Coast Guard was informed that at around 4.30 pm on Friday, the pirogue named Daviann with registration number TFV941 left Marabella bound for Tobago.
The boat got into difficulties at Maracas Bay, but the problem on board was resolved and they resumed the journey.
However as the crew got closer to Tobago, the boat ran out of gas.