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The child was picked up by
members of the AKS from the
suspect s sister at the Aranguez
Savannah, San Juan, around 9.30
Yesterday, Noel profusely
thanked the police for their swift
action, adding they worked tire-
lessly until his daughter was
"As much as people would
want to say negative things about
the police ---there are the one or
two who does really act up and
try to keep people down---but
you see yesterday (Tuesday),
them police work hard," Noel
"They were up all night with
road, going Aranguez, Enterprise,
Carapichaima. They worked
hard. They didn t stop until she
was recovered. And for that I
am eternally grateful to them."
Noel said the suspect wanted
to use Keyana as a bargaining
tool to gain access to his own
daughter, Keyana s sister.
The child was snatched by the
suspect, after he asked her if she
wanted any snacks.
At the time, Noel said he was
across the road. He said, how-
ever, that everyone in the area
knew his family so he was con-
fident his daughter was safe.
Noel said he was told that the
suspect threatened people when
asked what he was doing at the
Police were still searching for
the suspect up to late yesterday.
This incident came weeks
after the murder of another six-
year-old girl named Keyana.
That child, Keyana Cumberb-
tach, went missing from her
Maloney home on November 25
and her badly decomposing body
was found in a shipping barrel
in her apartment three days later.
The child, an autopsy report
revealed, was bashed in the head
so severely that her skull was
cracked and while she was
unconscious she was sexually
Dwayne Lewis, 28, appeared
in court on Monday charged
with Cumberbatch s murder.
Hundreds of La Brea residents
were in some discomfort last night
because of toxic fumes emanating
from an oil spill which Petrotrin
claimed to have contained the day
before. And residents are demanding
answers from the state-run oil giant.
A Petrotrin official last evening
confirmed that based on reports they
had received yesterday, a spill which
they initially discovered in Pointe-
a-Pierre on Tuesday, and claimed to
have contained there, may have
affected the Point Fortin and La Brea
communities because of the move-
ment of the tide.
But this has offered little solace
for irate resident Ashwain Modeste,
who lives near Queen s Beach, also
known as the "D Coffee," in La Brea,
where the oil spill was most evident
yesterday. He expressed horror upon
seeing the thick oil sludge that lined
"They (Petrotrin) say they have
everything contained...look at that,"
Modeste said when the Guardian vis-
ited, pointing to the thick pools of
oil along the shore.
Modeste said the pungent smell
of crude oil, which caused a nauseous
feeling, was overwhelming and would
have brought discomfort for his family
"I do not know how we going to
make out with that here tonight (last
night) and there is nothing that could
be done now about it. The tide high
and the wind strong," he lamented.
Petrotrin, in a release issued earlier
in the day, had assured that "it has
mobilised all available resources to
manage the spill response efforts in
an effective and efficient manner and
the situation is under control."
However, it was clear to worried
fishermen in La Brea that the oil spill
was far from contained.
Many fishermen yesterday looked
on helplessly as their boats, moored
near the shore at "D Coffee," became
enveloped in the oily sludge. Their
fishing nets, which were tied in the
water, had all been destroyed.
Fisherman Wilbert Ping, 59, of
Freeling Street, La Brea, said he could
not believe his eyes when he saw the
oil spill heading to the shore around
"When I see it (the oil spill) all the
boats were already tied up. There was
nothing nobody could do. The fish-
ermen and them leave already. We
tried to call some of them, but nobody
could save their boats," he lamented.
He said no one could go out into
the water until Petrotrin cleaned the
Last night, Petrotrin personnel,
some wearing face masks and dressed
in coveralls, gathered on the shore at
Queen s Beach to assess the oil dam-
Crews were seen emptying bags
of Carsorb Peat Moss---an absorbant
used to clean up oil spills---along the
shore and in the water to stop the
oil from spreading further inland.
Earlier yesterday, however, the
Petrotrin release had stated that fol-
lowing oil spill clean-up efforts on
Tuesday, personnel at Petrotrin
"observed from an aerial survey as
well as boat surveys conducted today
(yesterday), that there was no sheen
or oil along the shoreline spanning
Claxton Bay, San Fernando, Mosquito
Creek and Otaheite."
The release said: "Response efforts
have been co-ordinated in collabo-
ration with personnel from the Min-
istry of Energy and Energy Affairs
and the Environmental Management
But the environmental impact of
the oil spill was clear yesterday, as
crabs scurrying out of their holes to
get their nightly meal last night were
trapped in the sludge that lined the
shore. Apart from the oily sheen on
the water, oil was seen on the sand
and the debris that washed ashore.
Oil was also seen on the shoreline at
Station Bay, which is almost a mile
away from Queen s Bay.
Andre Kirton, 50, who resides near
Station Beach, said when he went
for his evening run he was stunned
to see the oil on the sand and the
murky brown hue of the sea water.
"We need to get someone to come
in and clean up the beach. I was
shocked to see the condition the
beach was in because when I take
my morning run today (yesterday),
the beach was nice and clean and
the air was not smelling like this," he
Fishermen suffer losses as...
Petrotrin oil spill
spreads to La Brea
The shoreline of Station Beach in La Brea is blanketed with oil after a spill that occurred in Point-a-Pierre on
Monday, spread to other areas yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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