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.

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.

Fishermen held with 16.5 kilos of weed

Two fishermen were arrested and a quantity of marijuana seized by officers of the Southern Division Task Force and San Fernando Criminal Investigations Department, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the La Romaine district last night.

Officers acting on information, stopped and searched a white Kia 2700 pick-up van, with two male occupants along the South Trunk Road, La Romaine, in the vicinity of Price Smart around 11:05 pm on Monday.

The search resulted in officers finding a grey container filled with ice.

Kidnapped fishermen released

Five of the fishermen reportedly abducted by Venezuelan pirates have returned to this country after more than a week

Early this morning 35-year-old Lynton Manohar, 38-year-old Jason O'Brien, 28-year-old Brandon Arjoon, 17-year-old Jagdesh jaikeran and 49-year-old Rickey Rambharose, all of Morne Diablo, Penal came back to Trinidad on a pirogue. 

 A US 200 thousand dollars ransom had been demanded for their safe return. 

O'Brien's brother Jerry who was also kidnapped along with the others was sent back home last Thursday with an instruction to pay the ransom. 

One kidnapped fisherman released; ransom partly paid

One of the five fishermen kidnapped by Venezuelan pirates has been released. 

A well-placed source told Guardian Media the unknown man was released sometime today.

A part of the US$200,000 ransom demanded by the abductors was reportedly paid.

The identity of the man has not been released. 

Jagdesh Jude Jaikaran, 16, Linton Manohar, 36, Brandon Arjoon, 28, brothers Jason O’Brien 38 and Jerry O’Brien 36, all of Morne Diablo, Penal and Ricky Rambharose 35, who lives in a neighbouring community, were kidnapped and taken to Venezuela. 

Fishermen: Vendors exploiting us

A $35 mil­lion fish land­ing fa­cil­i­ty, built for Guayagua­yare fish­er­men in 2012, re­mains un­oc­cu­pied and un­der­utilised be­cause of poor de­sign and con­struc­tion.

When the tide comes in, the force of the waves from the At­lantic Ocean cas­cades in­to the fa­cil­i­ty mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for the fish­er­men to use. They can­not dock at the port ei­ther be­cause the har­bour was not dredged prop­er­ly to fa­cil­i­tate land­ing and the pier is eight feet high­er than their pirogues.

One fisherman dead and another missing as boat sinks off Maracas Bay

One man is dead and another missing at sea after the boat they were in sank this morning.

CNC3 news understands that three men boarded a pirogue and set sail off the Maracas Bay.

It is reported that the vessel began taking in water causing it to sink.

One man was able to swim to shore and then informed the police about the developments,  but it was too late.

Around 8 am the body of 66-year-old Benedict Mc Clean washed ashore.

Members of the coast guard are currently combing the waters to locate the missing man.