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For three hours Sita Phillip sat in a vehicle
near the Ortoire River, waiting for her husband
Larry Phillip to return from a fishing trip on
Monday. Little did she know at the time that
his lifeless body was floating out to sea.
Phillip and his friend Wayne Samaroo had hours
before suffered a tragic demise when raging sea
conditions capsized their pirogue, causing both
of them to drown in the river.
It is believed that Phillip, 30, of Libertville
Road, Rio Claro, was knocked unconscious when
the 27-foot long pirogue struck him on the head.
After searching for the whole night, his father-
in-law Rajesh Seecharan found his body stuck
between some rocks along the beach around 7
Fidel Bayne, who witnessed the accident, said
Samaroo, 52, of the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road,
Ortoire Village, was wearing boots that became
entangled in the net.
He said when villagers got him out of the water
a short time later, they performed CPR but he
was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mayaro
District Health Facility.
According to Sita, 18, Phillip left her parent s
Cascadoux Trace home around 4.30 pm to retrieve
a fishing net with pirogue owner Samaroo.
The T&T Guardian was told that Samaroo s
son Kowayne, 23, and nephew Rendell Jack, 23,
were in the pirogue with the men when the inci-
dent that led to their deaths occurred.
The men were returning from sea with the net
and catch when the pirogue stalled in the river
mouth. When the engine stopped they pulled to
the side, but with the rough waters the pirogue
rocked violently. As the boat began to capsize
the men jumped into the water, but only Kowayne
and Jack were able to swim away alive.
"When he left to go, he told me to come back
for him in an hour. They usually take an hour,
so I went down there about 5.30 pm and I waited
until 8.30 pm until I saw someone running and
saying that the boat flipped over," Sita recalled
in speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday.
It was only in September that Sita and Phillip
celebrated their two-year anniversary and just
six months ago they celebrated the birth of their
Sita said Phillip, a quality assurance/quality
control officer, was laid off by British Gas last
February but was expected to resume work in
December. To continue to provide for his family,
she said, he bought a pirogue recently and started
He would sometimes fish with Samaroo.
With his death, she said, she had now lost a
loving, honest and hardworking husband.
Neither Kowayne nor Jack was at home yes-
terday, but Samaroo s wife of 28 years, Lydia
Samaroo, 53, said she was yet to learn what really
She said Samaroo, a father of 15, was a boat
maker, boat owner and fisherman who worked
tirelessly every day. She said her family had
planned to celebrate Divali and two weeks later
go Christmas shopping.
"We were going to cook roti but we were not
lighting any deyas. My husband really wasn t a
man to make plans. He lived today for tomorrow,"
However, she believed her son was wearing a
life jacket as she said he could use only one of
She said because Kowayne walked with crutches
and could not work, he loved going to sea and
on other adventures with his father.
An investigation has
been launched into the
death of a mother and
baby from East
The mother and
unborn child were taken
to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Com-
plex, Mt Hope, in distress
but neither could be
saved by doctors.
The T&T Guardian
understands that the
pregnant woman was
found frothing from the
mouth at her home by
her Jamaican husband
The woman subse-
quently was rushed to
the EWMSC but was
pronounced dead on
An emergency C-sec-
tion was done in a bid to
save the baby, but by the
time doctors delivered
the child it was dead.
It is alleged that the
woman was the patient
of a private doctor.
Dr Andy Bhagwandass,
chairman of the North
West Regional Health
confirmed the deaths.
He, however, could not
confirm the name of the
the T&T Guardian to
Chief of Staff at the
Women s Hospital, Dr
Karen Sohan, but Sohan
could not be reached for
comment as she did not
answer her phone.
Maureen Phillip, mother of drowned fisherman
Larry Phillip, in tears at her home yesterday.
Fidel Bayne stands on the pirogue which overturned, causing friends Wayne Samaroo and Larry Phillip to drown on Monday. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
Rough waves strike in Mayaro
2 drown as boat capsizes
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