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Police probe discovery of boat with several dead bodies on board


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Police probe discovery of boat with several dead bodies on board

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SCARBOROUGH – Trinidad & Tobago police are investigating on Friday, the discovery of a fishing boat with the bodies of at least four people believed to be Venezuelan nationals.

The authorities said one of the bodies was in an advanced stage of decomposition and the boat with the bodies was towed back to the Belle Garden fishing port.

Media reports said local fishermen had spotted the boat drifting six miles off the coast of Belle Garden.

Police said that as many as six people were on board the vessel and all are presumed dead.

The authorities said that special protective equipment would be used in retrieving the bodies since the cause of death is unknown and the island is dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Venezuelans have been fleeing their country as a result of political and economic conditions there and illegally entering T&T.

(CMC)