Abducted Icacos Fishermen freed

Three Icacos fishermen allegedly abducted by Venezuelan pirates have been released.

Police have confirmed that the men, 64 year old Ramkissoon Harricharan, 61 year old Carlo Sneider and Alverad Esanoza were released by their captors last evening.

CNC3 News understands that the ten thousand US-Dollar ransom demanded for the men's safe return was paid.

The men were reportedly dropped off at an area known as Icacos Point around 8 pm.

On Tuesday, the men were held at gun point while fishing in waters off Galfa Point in Icacos.

Venezuelan boat that overturned on way to T&T had mostly women

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is yet to confirm the truth of reports that several Venezuelan nationals have gone missing at sea, after the boat they were in capsized en route to Trinidad and Tobago.

According to an article published today by Venezuelan news site Noticia Al Dia, 33 people disappeared at sea after a boat which travelled from the town of Guiria to T&T sank near The Bocas off Trinidad's west coast.

The article further stated that only the boat's captain and another passenger were rescued in an offshore area known as Boca de Dragon.

PM: $263,580 a day for Jean de la Vallette

The con­tro­ver­sial Jean de la Valette fer­ry is be­ing leased by Gov­ern­ment for 34,500 Eu­ros a day, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has con­firmed.

With the cur­ren­cy con­ver­sion rate at TT$7.64 to one Eu­ro, the 34,500 dai­ly Eu­ro rate which Row­ley gave in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day works out to be about TT$263, 580 a day for the fer­ry.

Row­ley gave the dai­ly lease cost while re­ply­ing to Op­po­si­tion ques­tions af­ter Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress whip David Lee sought the cost of leas­ing the fer­ry, in­clud­ing crew, sup­plies and se­cur­ing it.

Man killed during down the islands outing

A Down-d-Islands outing with a group of friends on Sunday turned tragic when one of them died after falling overboard and was struck by the propellers of a boat they occupied.

The victim was identified as Nicholas Kowlessar, 42, of St Joseph Village, San Fernando. He worked as a Marine Supervisor at A.R. Singh Contractors Limited in Point Fortin.

Kowlessar was taken to the T&T Coast Guard Headquarters at Staubles Bay in Chaguaramas by his friends seeking help.

Coast Guard rescue boat drifting off East Coast for last 6-7 days

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has rescued a boat that had been adrift for the last 6 to 7 days.

The vessel was on the way from Spain to Grenada when it developed problems.

The Defence Force says that at 8pm on Thursday,  Lieutenant Diaz; Captain of TTS Speyside received information about a vessel, "Wichita", adrift on the East Coast of Trinidad. 

Coast Guard boat CG25 was deployed to the vessel’s last known position, six nautical miles east of the Dolphin Production Platform, to render assistance.