Oil spill blamed for downing of three Venezuelans on the way home from Trinidad

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 15:30

Three Venezuelan nationals have drowned on a journey by sea from Trinidad to Venezuela and there are claims that the recent oil spill is to blame.

The men were part of a group of seven who left Trinidad via the Cedros port.

The four men who survived say their boat sailed into the oil that spilt from a Petrotrin tank causing the engine's cooling system to be affected.

They say that caused the boat to stall.

The men drifted for three days during which the boat took in water and eventually sank causing the men to drown.

The four survivors were rescued in Venezuelan waters.

All men were taken to the port village of Guilia where the three men were pronounced dead.

The men are said to have come to Trinidad to purchase food and medical supplies.

- With reporting by Ivan Toolsie.