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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Quick work by members of the Coast Guard re-
sulted in the rescue of three people on board a
party boat named First Lady after the vessel struck
an unknown object while at sea on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Coast Guard said yesterday
that upon receiving a distress call just before 7.30
pm the captain and two members were rescued
after the trio were found in a dinghy next to the
partly submerged vessel which was located one
nautical mile off Orange Valley.
The spokesman said the crew members, who ap-
peared to be a bit shaken, were taken to Staubles
Bay, Chaguaramas some two hours later.
On whether the vessel may have had mechanical
issues or was non-compliant the spokesman said
this could not yet be determined as experts would
have to examine the wreck including the engine to
“It is premature to come to a conclusion about
non-compliance without knowing the facts. It
could have been the vessel was compliant all along.
“Just look at the Titanic.....it was fully compliant
and strong but it struck one iceberg and that was
it,” the spokesman added.
At the time of the incident no event was carded
on the vessel.
In a social media post the management of Cruise
Events Ltd issued a statement saying that all
cruises on board the vessel were now indefinitely
“Due to unforeseen traumatic circumstances
that occurred last evening, all cruises on board
the First-Lady Cruise Ship are now indefinitely
cancelled. All contracted charters for cruises over
the next weeks and months will be fully refunded.
Management will be contacting you to arrange
such,” the statement said.
The management also apologised for any incon-
venience caused to members of the public.
Coast Guard rescues
three on party boat
Public Services Association (PSA)
president Watson Duke will be
challenged by three candidates in
the union’s November 27 election.
However, the outspoken trade
unionist who is leading his own
slate in the polls, the Game Chang-
ers, is not concerned.
“None of these guys have a
proven track record in represent-
ing workers. They have not even
done anything to improve them-
selves and the workers after eight
years or added one certificate to
their name. They have done noth-
ing to improve their personal ca-
pacity,” he told the T&T Guardian.
Duke said the union needs to be
led by someone who is passionate
and able to represent the workers.
“I want to appeal to the wider
membership that when the gov-
ernment is cutting jobs, raising
the cost of living and keeping
salaries low, it is not the time to
experiment with immature and
incompetent persons. Rather it
is time for those are tested and
proven themselves to be result
oriented. It is time for the Game
Changers led by Watson Duke,”
One of the challengers, Oral
Saunders, of the United Public
Officers, said his team wants a
united front to unseat Duke.
He said: “The vast majority
voted against Duke in 2013 and he
was a minority president. There
were seven teams who went
against him,” he said as he ap-
pealed for the membership of the
PSA to unite.
said he has
slates in the
“Our group comprises of for-
mer executive officers and activ-
ists. We have the most experience
in industrial relations and the abil-
ity to build and restore the PSA
and we are the only group that
has that intellectual capacity,” he
Team Sentinel is led by Nixon
Callender a former Duke ally,
who said his team would focus on
restructuring, social committees,
training, wage negotiations, mem-
bership housing and public sector
“Our team has a strategic plan
for the PSA which we developed
after interviewing the member-
ship over the past four years.
This plan was based on their re-
sponse,” he said.
Although he is not a presi-
dential candidate, Demetrius
Harrison is vying for the post of
industrial relations officer for
Team Fixers, another group that
is hoping to unseat Duke in the
“I was successful against Duke
in the High Court. I won that mat-
ter and was financially remuner-
ated and was a former trustee,”
“We are about a different type
of negotiations than accustomed
to where we negotiate for per-
centage increases and for the
merchants move their prices. We
want to become more innovative
to provide different commodities
in terms of stocks and bonds on
the open market that public of-
ficers can now become investors,”
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for OCTOBER 30, 2017
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