BY RADHICA SOOKRAJ
Four days after a fishing boat overturned off the Erin coastline,
the bloated and partially decomposed body of a Moruga fisherman
washed ashore in Icacos yesterday.
The body was identified as that of Solomon Randolph Richards,
36, alias Congo Dread, of Penal, Rock Road, Moruga.
Investigators said Richards had been reported missing on Friday
by captain of the boat Sheriff Rahim, of Lanse Mitan, Moruga.
Rahim said that at around 4 pm on Thursday, he and a crew,
including Francis Jarvis, Dickson Bobart and Richards, left
Trinidad waters to fish.
While fishing about two miles offshore, a large wave overturned
the 27-foot pirogue.
All four men were thrown overboard. Rahim, Jarvis and Bobart
were swept to the Venezuelan mainland where they sought assistance.
They were brought safely back home on Saturday.
Police said Richards could not swim well and had been feared
However, it was only at around 10.45 am, that a villager spotted
his body lying on the shoreline at the Icacos point. It was
Officers later contacted Richards relatives in Moruga
who identified the body.
Richards mother Elvina said she last saw her son two
Sundays ago. She said he had gone to Moruga to fish. She described
him as a sea lover who was good to everyone around him.
District Medical Officer Dr Roopnarine viewed the body yesterday
and ordered its removal to the San Fernando mortuary.
An autopsy will be done today.