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Soca Raff Up organisers apologise, sort of…

The organizers of the SOCA RAFF UP 2020 are apologizing to patrons over last night's event, following a mechanical issue on one of the boats.

But the organizers are claiming the picture painted by some of the patrons is an exaggerated version of what actually transpired.

SOCA RAFF UP 2020 up began at around 3pm on Sunday and was carded to run until 8pm on board the vessel called “The Embassy”.

However, at some point last night, party patrons sent an SOS via social media, alleging that part of the boat had begun sinking.

Search for burnt bodies off Moruga coast

Police and Coast Guard will be searching for two burnt bodies believed to be off the coast of Canary Estate in Moruga.

The bodies were discovered by a villager in Moruga on Monday, who immediately reported the find to police. However, when police officers arrived moments later the bodies were not there.

It is believed that the waves took the bodies out into the sea. 

The villager was unable give any details about the bodies as they were burnt beyond recognition.

And according to police no missing person report was made in the area.

Venezuelan Boat Disaster: Coast Guard vessels deployed in search & rescue mission

The Coast Guard has confirmed that it is embarking on a search and rescue mission of a Venezuelan vessel that sank on its way to Trinidad and Tobago, with dozens of Venezuelans on board.

A statement by the Coast Guard said that it received a report at 11.40 pm Wednesday, indicating that a pirogue named B/P JHONNALY JOSE (Registration Number: ARSI-CA-0067) left Venezuela on Tuesday and was reported to have overturned whilst at sea.

Coast Guard intercepts pirogue with over 51kgs of 'weed'

Over 51 kilogrammes of suspected marijuana have been seized in an operation conducted by the Cast Guard.

The Defence Force says that around 4.30 pm on Saturday, a Coast Guard Interceptor whilst on routine patrol, intercepted a pirogue in the Gulf of Paria with three occupants on board.

The vessel and occupants were escorted to the Coast Guard Base at Cedros Bay, where further searches were conducted.

Two crocus bags were discovered containing 49 packets of a plant-like substance which weighed approximately 51.8 kgs.

Young: 14 interceptors being restored to address porous borders

National Security Minister Stuart Young says the Cabinet has taken a decision to restored 14 Coast Guard interceptors, back into service, following video circulating earlier this week of foreign nationals coming ashore in Erin.

The minister says they will help to protect the country's maritime borders, saying the aim is to have them up and running in the "shortest possible time".

He told today's post-Cabinet news conference that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley recently visited the Coast Guard headquarters and was told that out of 25 interceptors, not many were working.

Coast Guard searching for body of man believed to have drowned Sunday

Coast Guard divers are still searching for the body of Kesion Rampersad who is believed to have drowned at Moruga on Sunday. 

Rampersad, 21, of Penal Rock Road, was swimming at the mouth of the Lanse Mitan River around 5.30 pm when he and three other people got into difficulty. 

Two of the people were pulled from the river but Rampersad disappeared into the water. 

Villagers and fishermen are assisting in the search efforts. 

More as this story develops.

- by Radhica De Silva

Missing fisherman's body found floating in Mosquito Creek

A fisherman who allegedly fell off a boat is discovered floating in waters off mosquito creek.
CNC3 News understands that around 5:30 am on Monday, Neil Ramkhelawan went fishing with another man. It was reported that while recovering a net Ramkhelawan fell off the vessel and disappeared in the waters. Several search efforts were unsuccessful up till late last evening. Around 7 am this morning a passerby spotted a body floating and alerted the police, Coast Guard officials were also informed and assisted in recovering the body.

Four busted by Coast Guard with $270,000 in weed, 500 bullets

Four men are now in police custody following a drug bust by Coast Guard servicemen last night.

The Coast Guard intercepted a vessel in Trinidad and Tobago waters around 11 pm Monday.

After searching they discovered 46 packets of marijuana weighing 27 kilograms.

The drugs have an estimated street value $270,000.

They also found 20 boxes with 500 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Four men aged 18, 19, 22 and 29 were arrested.

Two of the men are from Matelot and the other two from Arima.

They were handed over to the police for processing.