Fishermen finally coming home

The three Trinidad and Tobago fishermen who were taken by Venezuela's Guardia Nacional are finally on their way home to Trinidad.

The men boarded a vessel in Venezuela this afternoon for the short journey home.

Awardnath Hajarie, his son Nicholas and Shami Seepersad appeared in a Venezuela court but were released and have been staying at one of the men's family members in Venezuela.

On Thursday both Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon and Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert gave the assurance that the government was doing all in its power to bring the men home, including sending a Coast Guard vessel for them.

However, Minister Dillon said that despite all efforts made by the government, it appeared that the men were not willing to return home as yet.

Venezuelan authorities are accompanying the men out of Venezuelan waters. 

It's expected they will be transferred to the T&T Coast Guard before they are brought to Cedros.

Photo by Guardian Media's Ivan Toolsie.

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