The Tobago Emergency Management Agency has reported that 15 bodies have been retrieved from the foreign vessel that was adrift off Tobago waters yesterday morning.
TEMA had initially reported that 13 bodies were discovered, but later updated its report stating that two more were found while draining the vessel.
One of the bodies was reduced to a skull and bones.
The TEMA statement on its social media read, “At this time, there is uncertainty of causes of death since investigations are still ongoing.
Please note that the retrieval of bodies were done adhering to all necessary precautionary measures.
The public is advised that this area is still a ‘no access’ area until further notice, as an investigation is ongoing. Information would be provided as the situation progresses.”
The initial report from TEMA read, “It has been confirmed that 13 bodies were removed from aboard the foreign vessel which was found off the coast of Pembroke earlier today.
Reports revealed that four bodies were removed and carried to the Scarborough mortuary while the remaining nine were recently found and are yet to be removed.
All bodies are in an advanced state of decomposition. They appeared to be male, African descent and wearing track suits and green rain jackets.”