Bomb scare delays ferry

Date: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 13:00

A bomb scare at the port in Scar­bor­ough has de­layed to­day's 6.30 am sail­ing of the T&T Spir­it.

Port Au­thor­i­ty CEO, Vil­ma Lewis-Cock­burn, con­firmed to Guardian Me­dia that some­one phoned in the threat at ap­prox­i­mate­ly 5:12 am. Fire Ser­vices re­spond­ed and did a se­cu­ri­ty sweep of the ves­sel, sub­se­quent­ly clear­ing it for sail­ing. Board­ing was al­lowed to be­gin af­ter fire of­fi­cer checked all the ve­hi­cles wait­ing to go on the ves­sel.

 

A pas­sen­ger on the fer­ry told Guardian Me­dia peo­ple were strand­ed at the port await­ing word on when the T&T Spir­it would sail.

Works Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan, in a tele­phone in­ter­view on CNC3's The Morn­ing Brew, said the bomb scare was an at­tempt to "desta­bilise" the seabridge now that the ar­rival of the Jean de la Valette has brought good news for in­ter-is­land trav­el.

- by Peter Christopher

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