BERTH: other fishermen yesterday at the Annandale Sand Reef
where the boats are usually moored.
and others were last night finalising arrangements to travel
to Suriname to pick up 12 fishermen from Annandale, East Coast
Demerara, who were attacked and robbed by pirates while
fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.
was not immediately clear how the fishermen, who were working
on three vessels, ended up in Suriname.
of the three boats, Baby Kurmiah, also of Annandale, said she
yesterday morning received phone
calls telling her that the vessels had been hijacked and that
the crews were in Suriname.
missing boats are the Ramkumar, Ronita
1 and Ronita 3.
said that around 06:00 h, she got a telephone call
from captain of the Ronita 1, Tony, who informed her that they
were in Suriname and that their fishing vessel had been
hours later, captain of the Ronita 3, Bunty, contacted her and
gave the same story.
said that crew members of the Ronita 1 informed her that their
colleagues from the Ramkumar were “around”, but that their
vessel had been stripped also.
to Kurmiah, although she was unable to ascertain how the men
got to Suriname, it was clear that the two crews were in
different parts of the country.
three fishing vessels left shore Friday night and were
expected back in two days, she said.
owner said that unaware that her boats had been hijacked, she
sent out a fourth vessel - Ronita 2 - yesterday morning to
bring her neighbour's boat from Suriname after it too was
hijacked two days ago.
to late yesterday, she had received no word from that boat.
said the boats are valued at $12M.
said her son, owners of other fishing boats and relatives were
last night preparing to sail to Suriname in search of the men.