Posted on October 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Venezuelan pirates operating out of the island of Patos, have reportedly kidnapped three Trinidadian fishermen for ransom.

Reportedly, the three fishermen left Icacos Point, Trinidad during the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th of October.

However, they were captured by Venezuelan pirates who allegedly, are based out of Patos Island; Patos is one of Venezuela’s small uninhabited islands that serves as a hideout for gangs that kidnap and engage in gun & drug smuggling.

According to the local police, the incident occurred at approximately 7 am in the morning, about half a mile from the shore.

Local sources suggest that the pirates forced the fishermen onto their vessel at gunpoint.

A local non-governmental organization, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, has revealed that a ransom has been demanded for the men’s safe return.

“We con­tin­ue to ap­peal to Prime Min­is­ter Row­ley and Min­is­ter Young of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty to ad­vise the Na­tion as to what steps are be­ing tak­en to en­sure safe­ty at sea. The Gov­ern­ment owes us a du­ty of care to en­sure that they are able to safe­guard our men at sea and to re­spond in a time­ly man­ner to emer­gen­cies, “ said Gary Aboud, the Secretary of the aforementioned organization in a statement to the press.

The negotiations with the pirates are currently ongoing, and the relatives remain tight-lipped as to the information they provide to the authorities and the press.

 

 

Posted in Piracy , Security , Venezuela , Trinidad , South America , Kidnapping

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