Monday 12th June, 2006


Fisherman’s body found in Icacos

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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 drowned.

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 badly decomposed.

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.

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