Body found at sea identified

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    The body recovered off the coast of Point Lisas yesterday is that 42-year-old Parasram Boodoo, who went missing at sea on Monday.

    The body was spotted around 12:30pm yesterday by a search party of fishermen, tangled in a net near Plipdeco.

    A formal identification was made by Mr Boodoo’s family today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

    Mr Boodoo and Navindra Garib left their homes on July 19th to go fishing in Carli Bay, Couva, however both failed to return home.

    Their vessel was later found on the beach in Granville and the TTPS says two persons were detained.

    103.1FM News spoke with Mr Boodoo’s brother Sanjay, who is now calling on the National Security Ministry to do more to ensure the safety of fishermen while at sea.

    He says there is the particular issue of communications, with fishermen sometimes unable to get a distress call out.

    Additionally, there was criticism of how the search was handled by authorities, particularly the Coast Guard, which he says was not timely in its response to the body being found.

    He says his family was also distressed by the decision to drag the body tangled in the net to shore, as opposed to pulling it on board a vessel.

    Sanjay has however thanked Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram and Carli Bay Fishing Association president Imitiaz Khan for their support and efforts throughout this ordeal.

    The search continues today for Mr Garib.