Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 24th 2016 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
What started off as an expedition
at sea for members of the media
investigating the recent fish kill at
Mosquito Creek, yesterday morning,
turned into a mission to rescue a
drowning man from the same
However, by the time the body of
the elderly man of East Indian
descent was pulled from the water,
little could be done to save his life.
He was pronounced dead on arrival
at the San Fernando General Hos-
The traumatic turn of events
began around 9.05 am yesterday
while CNC3 cameraman Ivan
Toolsie, CTV s Che Teekasingh, and
T&T Guardian s reporter and pho-
tographer Sharlene Rampersad and
Rishi Ragoonath, were at the Creek,
waiting to speak with Fisherman
and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) sec-
retary Gary Aboud, his research offi-
cer Alain Tang Choon and activist
Toolsie and Ragoonath spotted
an unidentified man floating out to
sea from beneath the Godineau
bridge. The man appeared to be wav-
ing his hands for help, while bobbing
in the water.
He was about 30 feet away from
the shoreline at the time.
Within minutes, the boat that was
supposed to take the group out to
sea arrived and the media personnel,
along with Aboud, Tang Choon and
Moodie, set off to try to find the
Boat captain, Hosanie, followed
the current and in about four min-
utes Teekasingh spotted the man
floating face up in the water and
called out to him. There was froth
coming from his mouth and he was
Moodie and Tang Choon quickly
pulled his body into the boat and
Moodie, who said he is CPR certi-
fied, began trying to save the man s
life.Aboud contacted an ambulance
while Hosanie pointed the boat back
to the shoreline.
Moodie continued trying to resus-
citate the man for over ten minutes
before breaking down in exhaustion
He wept openly for the man, call-
ing on Allah to bless his soul.
When the paramedics arrived,
they attached a defibrillator to the
man, whose body was still in the
boat. They transferred him to the
ambulance, before transporting him
to the SFGH where he was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
Police officers from the Oropouche
Police Station responded and inter-
viewed several people, including one
man who claimed to have seen the
victim jump off the bridge.
The eyewitness, who identified
himself only as Smallie from Princes
Town, said he saw the victim jump
off the right side of the bridge but
did not think much of it.
Smallie said he was fishing with
his family and saw the man pass in
the swirling water, before he disap-
peared in the open sea.
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Journalists witness drowning death
Four people were murdered in separate
incidents yesterday over a seven-hour peri-
od, pushing the number of people killed
since Thursday to six.
Among those shot dead yesterday are a
robbery victim, the victim of a bar brawl
and a man who was walking his three-year-
old nephew to a shop.
Dead are Isaiah Hospedales, 22, Jude Cor-
bie, 23, and 50-year-old Alston Hamlet.
Hospedales mother, Avian, always warned
him about wearing big gold chains because
she feared that they would attract unwanted
attention to him.
As it turned out, she was right.
Hospedales, 22, was yesterday morning
shot dead by a gun-toting bandit who took
his chain while he was walking along Ariapita
While Hospedales lay on the pavement
fighting for his life, he was robbed even
further by people pretending to help him.
Hospedales gold band, gold ring and
Apple iPhone were also stolen.
Around 5.50 am, yesterday, Hospedales
was walking along Ariapita Avenue when
he was approached by a gunman near Alfre-
Ariapita Avenue has become a popular
liming spot in the country and Hospedales
shooting came in daylight with people still
around. Hospedales was shot three times
and the gunman escaped in a waiting vehi-
cle.Hospedales was rushed to the hospital
where he eventually died.
Video footage of Hospedales lying on the
pavement was yesterday posted on Face-
Hospedales was a student at the T&T
Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI)
and also worked at his family s catering
The Sunday Guardian yesterday visited
the family s Aranguez home.
Hospedales was described as a "loving
and respectful young man" who was "full
of confidence" by his family.
Hospedales father, Robin, said his son s
"only vice is that he liked himself."
"He never used to go places where he
felt that things he wore would cause him
harm because I saw him last week with the
big chain and I did not tell him anything
about it. I know his mother always used to
tell him about it, and other people who
were concerned, that wearing that would
attract unwanted attention toward him,"
"It was shocking to me because I know
he does not venture into places where bad
things will happen," he said.
Robin said his son "loved life" and was
Avian s "eyeball."
Avian said she will forever love her only
The latest shooting to take place yesterday
occurred at 8.15 am in Belmont.
According to reports, Corbie was walking
with his three-year-old nephew along Pel-
ham Street in Belmont to a nearby shop
when he was approached by a gunman.
The gunman opened fire and Corbie died
on the spot.
Snr Supt Mc Donald Jacob said investi-
gators are working on the theory that Cor-
bie s killing was linked to a recent dispute
he had with another man.
Corbie s nephew was not injured in the
The first of the shootings to take place
yesterday happened in Arima following a
According to reports, Hamlet was at Pro
Bar along Malabar Branch Road, when he
got into a confrontation with two men.
The confrontation is said to have stemmed
from advances made by Hamlet to a female
patron of the bar.
Following the confrontation the two men
are said to have left the scene.
They, however, returned a short while
later and allegedly shot Hamlet.
The men escaped and Hamlet died on
Apart from these three shooting deaths,
detectives are also investigating the report
of another homicide in Chaguanas.
Around 6.30 am, yesterday, officers of
the Chaguanas Police Station received infor-
mation that the body of a man was dis-
covered in the living room of his Yard Street,
The man was found lying on the ground
and frothing from his mouth.
The district medical officer ruled that
there were marks of violence about his body.
These four killings come on the heels of
two deaths that took place since Thursday.
Terrence Cain, 45, was shot dead at the
Real Steal Bar in De Gannes Village, Siparia,
around 3.20 am on Friday.
On Thursday, taxi driver Kurt Levero was
stabbed to death in Marabella at 9.20 pm.
Four more killed in seven-hour period
An unidentified man is
removed from aboard a
pirogue after he got into
difficulty while in waters
at Mosquito Creek, La
PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
Police need help to
Up until late yesterday, the
man was not identified and
Southern Division police have
called on members of the public
who may have any information
on his identity to come forward.
The man was of East Indian
descent, appeared to be in his
late 60s and was wearing an
olive green T-shirt with black
stripes and a blue short pants.
He was barefooted and had a
greying moustache and short
San Fernando police are
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