The T&T Coast Guard yes­ter­day re­trieved the body of a woman be­lieved to be a Venezue­lan na­tion­al float­ing off Ce­dros.

This comes just days af­ter a group of Venezue­lan adults and chil­dren drowned in Venezue­lan wa­ters while try­ing to get to this coun­try.

Some­time af­ter mid­day yes­ter­day, a fish­er­man spot­ted the body float­ing off Plat­form 14 in the Granville area.

The body was sub­se­quent­ly re­trieved and tak­en to the Ce­dros jet­ty near the Coast Guard base.

In a press re­lease is­sued on Sun­day, the Coast Guard stat­ed that it had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from the Venezue­lan au­thor­i­ties that 11 bod­ies, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, had been re­cov­ered from wa­ters close to Guiria, a Venezue­lan coastal town. Pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion was that they were aboard a ves­sel, My Mem­o­ry, with 20 pas­sen­gers that left Guiria on De­cem­ber 6. In re­sponse to re­ports that the ves­sel reached Trinidad but was turned back by the Coast Guard, the TTCG de­nied in­ter­cept­ing any ves­sels com­ing from Guiria on De­cem­ber 6.

Source: Guardian T&T