Saturday, February 17, 2018

Couple's 16-day ordeal on high seas*

BACK HOME IN TOBAGO: Turnell and Thotlyn Woods at their shop in the Scarborough market yesterday. —Photo: ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

ON Carnival Sunday, a Tobago couple left Scarborough on a fishing trip on board their boat Why Worry Man Must Live 2.
They got lost and after their boat battery died, they drifted in the Caribbean Sea for 16 days. They prayed fervently day and night as they braved the turbulent sea.
Today, Turnell Joseph Woods, 47, and Sylvia Thotlyn Woods, 50, are giving thanks that they were spotted by a Costa Rican aircraft, rescued by the Bonaire coast guard and kept for weeks by the government of Bonaire before a private Trinidad company towed their vessel back home last week.

Speaking to the Express by phone yesterday from Tobago, Sylvia Thotlyn Woods said she did not think it would be 74 days before she would see her home at Moriah Woodlands, Tobago.

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