Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 8th 2018 Contents KEVON FELMINE
When Allan Alexander heard that
his brother Sheldon Guerra and
neighbours had been injured in a
boating accident, he rushed to the
Los Iros Beach. But as he ran up to
the mangled wreck, he realised was
too late as Guerra had already died.
Up to yesterday, the T&T Coast
Guard was searching for three
other people at sea while three
others were warded in serious con-
dition at the San Fernando General
A report stated that around 8.20
pm Tuesday, Erin police were in-
formed of an incident at the Los
Cpl Harripersad and other of-
ficers met with Alexander, who told
them that Guerra and several other
people were aboard his pirogue,
“Lisa,” on a trip off the coast of Los
Iros to retrieve a fishing net when
another boat collided with them.
At the beach yesterday, the T&T
Guardian learned that Guerra,
40, of Carapal Road, Los Iros, had
gone out to sea around 7 pm with
Edward Williams, 42, of Char-
maine Village, Buenos Aires, Kibew
Simon, 31, of Erin Beach Road and
Keyala Primus, 24, of Los Iros
Williams’ stepdaughter Chris-
tine Balfour said while they were
retrieving the net the other boat,
which was being chased, crashed
It is believed Guerra was seated
at the point of impact. Primus and
Williams were thrown out the boat
while Simon remained on board.
On the other boat was Edmund
“Blues” Charles, 40, of La Union
Road, Joel Seerattan, of Erin, Je-
rome Mitchell, of Guayaguayare
and Kel Hagley, 25, of Diego Martin.
All the occupants of that boat
were also thrown overboard by the
impact. Simon dived into the water
and gathered Guerra, Primus, Seer-
attan and Mitchell and lifted them
onto the damaged Lisa.
In the dark of night, however,
Williams, Edmund and Hagley
could not be seen.
With water rushing into the boat,
Simon steered it to shore where Pri-
mus and Mitchell were carried into
a car and taken to the Siparia Dis-
trict Health Facility (SDHF). While
at the SDHF, police learned that
Seerattan was found grimacing at
the beach facility and he was taken
for medical treatment via an am-
bulance. Guerra, who appeared
to suffer a broken neck, shoulder
and leg, was taken to the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, for an
Guerra, a father of a six-year-old
girl, was a security guard at a Palo
Seco supermarket, but according to
Alexander, fishing was his life. He
said his brother was a hard worker
and because he loved fishing he
would go to sea any chance he got.
Balfour said Simon was trying to
balance the boat and when he saw
the other boat speeding into them.
She said he shouted “boat” but
there wasn’t enough time to move.
She said Williams was struck in
the chest before he was thrown in
the water. Although he was a good
swimmer, she had little faith he
would return alive.
“I don’t really think he is alive.
We are hoping for the best, but
from the description we got of the
accident, I don’t really think he sur-
vived,” Balfour said.
Fellow fishermen continued
searching yesterday and even re-
trieved the catch the men went to
Thursday, February 8, 2018
to sue after fall
from party boat
A man from south Trinidad, who
fell overboard during a boat
cruise and had to be rescued
by the T&T Coast Guard, is now
threatening to sue the boat’s op-
erator for negligence.
In pre-action protocol letter
sent to Asha Francis of Top Cat
Cruises yesterday, which was
obtained by the T&T Guardian,
lawyers representing Sona Bis-
soon are alleging the company
breached its duty of care to him
by failing to ensure his safety.
According to the letter, the in-
cident occurred when Bissoon
and his friends were attending
“Waist’d 2017 Boat Cruise” on
October 13, 2017.
Bissoon was leaning on a rail-
ing at the rear port side of the
vessel as it was returning to the
Blackjack Marina in Chaguara-
mas when railing gave way, caus-
ing him to plunge overboard.
Bissoon, of Hylife Trace, South
Oropouche, attempted to scream
for help but his appeals went un-
noticed by party-goers and the
boat’s crew, who were unable to
hear him due to the loud music.
The incident occurred two
miles away from the Carrera Is-
land Prison, in a body of water
in which several prisoners have
drowned when trying to escape
in the past.
“Our client was left behind to
fend for himself while the ves-
sel callously simply continued
along its merry way without
care or concern for our client’s
life,” Bissoon’s lawyer Robert Ab-
dool-Mitchell said in the letter.
He claimed Bissoon attempted
to swim back to shore and was
rescued by Coast Guard officers
after spending a little over half
an hour in the choppy water.
Staying the company was
negligent in failing to ensure
proper safety procedures and
for its staff ’s failure to ren-
der assistance to Bissoon, Ab-
dool-Mitchell said: “It is in these
circumstances that you breached
your duty to our client to keep
him reasonably safe during the
cruise, as is your duty as a pub-
lic service provider of pleasure
Abdool-Mitchell also criticised
the company for failing to apol-
ogise or enquire about Bissoon’s
well being after he suffered
through the traumatic experi-
“He has been forgotten. Our
client remains fearful of board-
ing any sort of vessel and avoids
open water at all costs,” Ab-
Bissoon is seeking compensa-
tion as well as the legal costs he
has incurred thus far.
The company has been given
28 days decide whether it would
accept liability for the incident
or challenge Bissoon’s claim.
Bissoon is also being repre-
sented by Anand Ramlogan, SC.
One dead, three missing
Seaman dies in Staubles Bay mishap
The T&T Coast Guard (TTCG) has
launched an investigation into a
freak accident that claimed the
life of a sailor at Staubles Bay,
Initial reports claimed that
Leading Seaman Deryck Nichols,
a member of the Physical Train-
ing Instructor Department of the
T&T Defence Force, was on board
a vessel with another colleague
around 9 am when it capsized
and both went under. It is be-
lieved Nichols hit his head when
the vessel overturned.
Nichols’ colleague, also a sea-
man, was pulled out of the water
after five minutes, but it took
other officers about 20 minutes
before they could retrieve Nich-
ols from the choppy waters.
They said Nichols was not breath-
ing when he was pulled out the
water. However, another theory
asserts Nichols fell from a vessel
and hit his head. He was pro-
nounced dead on arrival at the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
In a release yesterday, TTCG
public relations officer Lt Sher-
ron Manswell confirmed Nichols
fell overboard from a vessel.
He said an investigation had
been launched into the circum-
stances surrounding the incident.
Nichols’ fellow colleagues im-
mediately sent out condolences
to his family.
One of them wrote: “Good
comrade...you were fly high Bro...
keep us guarded while you up
Another colleague, who de-
scribed Nichols as a strong
swimmer and one of the TTCG’s
best, said he was saddened by his
An autopsy is expected to be
conducted today at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, to de-
termine the actual cause of death.
The TTCG was scheduled to
have had its cooler wet fete last
night at the Military Museum in
Chaguaramas, but postponed it
to a later date as a result of the
Fisherman Antonio Singh bails water from the fishing pirogue that was involved in a accident in the Gulf of Paria on Tuesday night, which led to the death
of Sheldon Guerra.
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
Two-boat crash off Los Iros Beach
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