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A fishing expedition on the
Godineau River, La Romaine
ended in tragedy on Saturday
night as a father-to-be drowned
after the pirogue he was in cap-
sised after colliding with concrete
Vinod Lyndon Madho will never
be able to celebrate the birth of
his first child, expected in February.
Police said around 10 pm,
Madho, 33, of Lalbeharry Trace,
Debe was in a pirogue with his
relatives, Vasu Sookdeo, 29, and
Suraj Katwaroo, 50, when it over-
turned along the Godineau River,
where highway construction works
are being done.
All three men were thrown off
but Madho became stuck under
His body was fished out of the
river by Katwaroo a short while
later but by then he was already
Speaking at his family s home
yesterday, Madho s father, Jainar-
ine, said his son was eagerly await-
ing the birth of his baby.
"His said that Madho could not
swim and before he left on the trip
he insisted on wearing a life jack-
et.Lyndon worked as a labourer
with the Penal/Debe Regional Cor-
poration and had no experience at
"He said he is not going on any
boat if he doesn t have a life jacket,"
Jainarine recalled, adding the three
men wanted a little recreation so
they went to fish at the Gulf of
Paria. However, around 4 pm, the
pirogue stalled off the Point Lisas
"They had to wait for help and
eventually a couple hours later
another boat came to tow them
in," Jainarine said.
He said it was dark and as the
pirogue was being pulled through
the Godineau Channel a strong
current began pushing it.
"The pirogue hit one of the pil-
lars where the new highway is
being constructed and it over-
turned, throwing all of them in
the water," Jainarine said.
For several minutes, Katwaroo
and Sookdeo searched the waters
hoping to find Madho, who was
wearing a reflective life jacket. It
was only later on they realised that
Madho was trapped under the
"We don t know if he got a lash
when the boat capsised. We have
to wait until they examine his body
to know this," Jainarine said. Both
survivors were too traumatised to
speak to the media yesterday.
An autopsy has been scheduled
to be done on Madho s body today
at the San Fernando mortuary.
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Monday, November 30, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 26TH NOVEMBER, 2015
A 27-year-old man was
killed and his 28-year-old
companion warded in critical
condition at hospital after the
car he was driving crashed in
St Augustine, yesterday.
Kerron Alfred, of Bushe
Street, Maitagual, Petit Bourg,
died on the spot while driving
on the Priority Bus Route.
Victoria Mayers, who was a
passenger in the front seat
remains hospitalised in a critical
condition, police said.
A report said around 4 am,
Alfred was heading west when
he crashed into a tree near
Acting Sgt Hospedales from
the St Joseph Police Station is
T&T Police Service s coordi-
nator of the Road Safety Project,
Brent Batson, said yesterday
there were 137 road fatalities for
2015 compared to 146 for the
same period last year.
"We heard the passenger was
in critical condition. We will
be monitoring. This comes on
the heels of five people losing
their lives in a short space of
time. Initial reports suggest
that speed was a contributing
factor to the crash as he lost
control when there was little
or no traffic on the road," he
Batson said one can only
imagine the type of Christmas
these families will have with
one empty seat at the table.
"So drivers must ask
whether or not they will be
putting up a Christmas tree or
tent for a wake given the man-
ner in which they are driving,"
Last week Monday, Namdeo
Harriman and his son, Lalchan
Harriman were killed in a crash
on the M1 Ring Road in Princes
Last week Wednesday,
Anthony Marcano, 60, Saliesha
Ali, 41, and Sherwin Constan-
tine, 64, were killed in a
smash-up in Mayaro.
Man killed, woman critical, after PBR crash A fisherman looks on at the capsised boat in the
Gulf of Paria off the Godineau River, La Romaine
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
ends in tragedy
Contacted last night, Lt Commander of
the T&T Coast Guard, Kirk John-Baptiste
called on fishermen to exercise caution
when going out to sea. He said it was
important to always wear a life jacket.
"It is also recommended that you take
extra water out to sea and have a flashlight
or signal flare handy, so if you get lost at sea
you can signal to a vessel," Jean-Baptiste
"Tell people on land where you are going
and go where you say you are going. Listen
to the weather precautions for rough seas
and strange tides so you know how to
He also advised that all vessels be
equipped with a VHF marine radio tuned in
to channel 16.
"Be vigilant about wave action or strange
vessels approaching you while fishing. Night
time fishing is always a risk so make sure
that your vessel is properly lit so that other
people in other vessels can see you," Jean-
Meanwhile, San Fernando fisherman
Dhanraj Ramkissoon said the swells were
big on Saturday night when Madho died.
"It is not unusual but coming to Christmas
we normally see more swells because of the
spring tide. People have to be more cautious
around this time," Ramkissoon said. He said
that the area where Madho drowned had
"That construction zone from the land is
well lit but maybe they need to install some
more light fixtures," Ramkissoon said.
The Meteorological Office had no rough
sea bulletin for Saturday night.
BE VIGILANT SAYS COAST GUARD
An undated photo of Vasu
Sookdeo, one of the survivors
from Saturday's boat accident.
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