Coast Guard’s Chase Leads to Grounded Vessel and Arrests Near Trinidad and Tobago

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Coast Guard's Chase Leads to Grounded Vessel and Arrests Near Trinidad and Tobago 2

In a recent maritime incident, the Coast Guard of Trinidad and Tobago engaged in a pursuit of a suspicious vessel suspected of crossing the international maritime border between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. This chase ended with the vessel running aground along Los Iros beach, leading to the arrest of four women.

Residents in the vicinity reported hearing what sounded like an exchange of gunfire at sea. A local resident, in a video shared on social media, described the situation as “really serious.” Confirming these reports, Erin police noted that the Coast Guard had discharged shots in the air but did not provide further details.

The Coast Guard, in a statement released last evening, detailed that the vessel was first spotted around 10:25 a.m. south of Erin Point. After the Coast Guard pursued the vessel, it was grounded at Los Iros Bay area. Subsequently, four individuals seen fleeing from the scene were apprehended.

The statement emphasized the swift action of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) crew in apprehending the four adult females. The Immigration Division and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were promptly informed, and investigations into the incident are currently ongoing.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard reiterated their commitment to providing border security and search and rescue services, underscoring their role in ensuring the safety and security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. This includes conducting maritime security patrols within their operational area.

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