PortandTerminal.com, April 28, 2019
It is feared that 21 Venezuelans have drowned when their vessel sank trying to reach nearby Trinidad and Tobago reports have said. According to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, a fishing vessel called “Jhonnaly Jose” carrying at least 25 people from the Venezuelan town of Güiria capsized in the early hours of Wednesday, April 24. The boat is reported to have hit choppy waters on its 70km (44 miles) journey to the Caribbean nation.
Four people were rescued in a joint effort by both countries’ coast guards.
Since 2014, three million Venezuelans, or one-tenth of the population, have left their country, which has descended into an economic and political crisis.
While the majority of Venezuelan migrants have travelled by land into neighboring Colombia and Brazil, overloaded fishing boats sometimes smuggle people toward an uncertain future on nearby Caribbean islands where they are increasingly unwelcome by locals.
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