Breaking News - BODIES OF DROWNING VICTIMS FOUND
...search ends in heartbreak
The bodies of two men who drowned in the Navet Reservoir on Saturday resurfaced this morning.
The bodies of Basdeo Ramlal and Anthony Warrick were seen floating at around 6 a.m.
Coast Guard divers were expected to resume the search at 8am.
The men's relatives were contacted to identify their bodies..
Ramlal, 52, and Warrick disappeared in the 44-foot deep reservoir when a vessel overturned around 11am.
The search was called off at 5 p.m on Sunday.
WASA's head of Corporate Communications, Ellen Lewis, said the men were among a party of 13 persons on an unauthorised boating expedition at the Navet Reservoir. The boat which has a maximum capacity of four to six adults was overloaded, Lewis stated.
The eleven survivors were taken to the San Fernando General Hospital, where two remain warded.
Lewis stated that the boat used in the expedition was a single-engine vessel, usually used by authorised personnel to conduct depth samples and for routine maintenance of the dam. She said no exercise was being conducted when the incident occurred.
"The incident at the reservoir in no way compromises the safety of the water transmitted to customers. The Navet Reservoir stores raw water which has not yet undergone the rigid treatment process in accordance with World Health Organisation guidelines," Lewis stated.
Relatives said Ramlal was spending the day at the dam with friends and relatives when he joined the fishing expedition.
He lived at Tabaquite with his wife and 25-year-old son.
Warrick, an auditor employed at WASA's headquarters, lived at Orangefield, Carapichaima.
Police said the men were in the boat when water began seeping in, and passengers panicked. The Express was told that people began jumping out of the vessel and into the water.