The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Thursday said it was engaged in a search and rescue mission after a Venezuelan vessel sank on its way to Trinidad and Tobago with at least 25 people on board.
The Coast Guard said that it had received a report at 11.40 pm (local time) Wednesday, indicating that a pirogue named B/P JHONNALY JOSE, with registration number ARSI-CA-0067, had left Venezuela on Tuesday and was reported to have overturned whilst at sea.
The Coast Guard in a statement said that 25 people were on board the vessel with the last known position of the vessel being two nautical miles (3.7 km) East of Patos Island, an island in the north-western Gulf of Paria and a part of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
“Additionally, we have been informed that a total of four persons have been rescued and 21 persons are currently still unaccounted for,” the statement said.
The Coast Guard said that the island is located within the “Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre of Venezuela and as such it is their responsibility to coordinate search and rescue operations within that geographic area.