Fishermen attacked by pirates at Orange Valley (UPDATE)

Pirates attempted to attack fishermen from Orange Valley and Carli Bay on Thursday night.

Imtiaz Khan, president of the Carli Bay Fishermen Association, said villagers were at the wake of Melissa Khan, the mother of Jason Baptiste, one of the fishermen who was killed on July 22, when they were alerted that six men on a boat attempted to rob the fishermen who had to cut their nets and flee. 

Khan said the fishermen showed up at the wake shaken and worried.

Pirates attack again; 6 fishermen missing


Six fishermen and two boats from Orange Valley are missing after another pirate attack in national waters.

President of the Carli Bay Fishing Association, Imtiaz Khan, said several boats from both Carli Bay and Orange Valley were out in the Gulf of Paria when the pirates struck. He says they don’t know whether the pirates were locals or Venezuelans.

Fishermen on a couple of boats were able to cut their nets and make it back to shore to warn everyone about what was happening.

Yellow level hazardous seas alert in effect

The T&T Met Services has put into effect a yellow level hazardous seas alert, for this entire week.

It went into effect on Sunday at 11 am and will remain in effect until Saturday November 2 at 2pm. Areas under alert are the nearshore areas of northern, western and (to a lesser extent) eastern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Met Services notes that these areas are being affected by long-period north-easterly swells.

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.

Relatives plead for help to find missing fishermen

Rel­a­tives and friends of sev­en fish­er­men lost at sea are mak­ing a des­per­ate plea for as­sis­tance in find­ing them.

The men were on six boats in the Gulf of Paria around 11 pm on Mon­day night when pi­rates struck.

King's Wharf fishermen still waiting for help after fire

A month after a fire destroyed eleven shacks on King's Wharf, fishermen are still waiting for assistance to buy back their boat engines and nets.

Stella Rasool who lost over $75,000 worth of nets and engines said since the fire they have not been able to go back to sea.

"The boat pulled up because we lost our engine. It really hard for us. Right now we living off our savings. We have four children to take care of and it really hard," Rasool said. 

She said after the fire San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello promised to assist.