A Point Fortin farmer found his pregnant cow dead on Carnival Monday, inside the oil seep which trapped brothers Adel Cyrus and Darold Clarke last month.

The farmer had tied the animal at a field at Egypt Village, Point Fortin, to graze on Sunday, the Express was told. But when he returned the cow was missing.

“He thought the animal was stolen but when he began searching around the field he saw something in the oil pit. It was a fully pregnant cow,” a villager said.

Fredrica Hodge, mother of the boys, said she heard of the incident and visited the scene on Monday. “When I got there I saw the cow covered in black oil lying on the ground. It was pregnant. Who is going to compensate this man for his loss?” she said.

Hodge said the farmer was distraught as he reared animals to earn a living. “These animals are very expensive and he lost the cow and the young,” she said.

Hodge said the area was not barricaded and humans and animals were still at risk.

Kenneth Small

In this image from social media, a Fire Service officer places one of two brothers who almost drowned in an oil pit at Techier Road, Egypt Village, Pt Fortin on an ambulance stretcher after they were rescued Wednesday.

Brothers Adiel Cyrus, 12, and Darold Clarke, 14, became trapped in the oil seep near the recreation ground at Egypt Village after they attempted to recover a kite.

Their stepfather Kenneth Small held on to both boys to keep them from sinking below the surface.

“It has been two weeks since my sons fell into that pond and nothing has been done. We cannot remain like this. Someone may lose a child here,” she said.

Energy Minister Franklin Khan said the Government intends to erect warning signs and barriers to prevent accidents.

Speaking in Parliament in response to an urgent questions, Khan said the Ministry was working with the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago to map various seeps and, if they are close to towns and villages, put up warning signs and barriers.

The brothers, 12 and 14, were flying a kite in a field near their Egypt Village home when the string broke. The kite drifted and went down behind the Egypt Village Government Primary School.

Egypt Village

The location where two brothers Darold Clarke 14, and Adiel Cyrus 12 were rescued from a petroleum seep at Egypt Village ,Point Fortin on Wednesday while attempting to retrieve a kite.Photo:TREVOR WATSON

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The brothers and two friends went in search of the kite, about 300 feet into the bushes. The Express was told the Cyrus stumbled into an unfenced oil pit, described by Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd as a “naturally occurring oil seep area”.

Clarke jumped in and tried to pull his brother out but he too became stuck and was unable to move.

It was the boys’ stepfather, Kenneth Small, who jumped into the 30-foot wide pit and held their heads above the oil that threatened to drown them all.

Fire officers responded and assisted the boys and their stepfather out of the pond. The three were taken to the Point Fortin Area Hospital. The brothers were transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where they were treated for breathing complications.

Recovering: Brothers Adiel Cyrus and Darold Clarke

Recovering: Brothers Adiel Cyrus and Darold Clarke

But days after they were allowed to go home, Hodge said, her sons developed skin irritations.

The mother is now seeking legal advice.


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