Friday, December 15, 2017

$32,000 in gear taken as pirates hijack fishermen


ROBBED: Fishermen Kyrool Mohammed,

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Nazir Hosein on their fishing vessel at King's Wharf in San Fernando yesterday. Inset is Kyrool showing his chop wounds. —Photos: DEXTER PHILIP

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Fishermen Nazir Hosein and Kairoon Mohammed yesterday pleaded for security while plying their trade out at sea.

The brothers were beaten, tied up and robbed by masked bandits while fishing in the Gulf of Paria on Saturday night.

The bandits boarded the brothers' vessel, Ganga, and stole the engine, gas and fishing gear worth $32,000.

"We just sailed off the Godineau River and was about 1,000 feet from land when we saw a white fiberglass boat with no name approaching us. There were six men on the boat with masks over their faces. The men told my brother and I to lie on the boat and they tie us up. They then started to throw everything into their boat and speed off," Nazir Hosein, 41, said.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m.

Hosein said they waited until daybreak and flagged down a passing boat.

"The fishermen spotted us and towed us to land. We went to San Fernando CID but were told to go to Oropouche Police Station because it happened in that district. A report was made to the police," he said.

Hosein, of Cross Crossing, San Fernando, said he was robbed at sea a year ago.

"That time they took my engine and nets as well. I went to the bank and got a loan to buy this engine, it is about three months old," he said.

Hosein said fishermen were afraid to go out at sea during the nights because of the attacks.

"These attacks are increasing and something needs to be done about it. We need to get some kind of protection because this is our livelihood. My brother and I have been doing this for over 20 years, this is all we know," he said.

Oropouche police confirmed that a report was made and an investigation was launched into the attack.