OFFICERS of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) intercepts a pirogue with 28 Venezuelan nationals including two pregnant women on Tuesday morning.
According to the TTCG, officers were conducting maritime border patrols just off the West Coast in the Gulf of Paria around 1.30 a.m. and intercepted the Venezuelan sea vessel called Dona Isabel registration number ARSI PE 0159 west of Gasper Grande Island.
On board the officers found 18 males and ten females, the TTCG stated.
They were all detained and escorted to the TTCG headquarters at Staubles Bay in Chaguaramas.
The Venezuelan nationals will be handed over to the Immigration Department for processing.
This is the third similar incident this month, the TTGC stated.
It noted that on November 7, 34 Venezuelans were detained in a pirogue named Don Cirilo registration number ARSI 3715 northwest of Carrera Island that was intercepted by the coast guard.
Aboard were 34 Venezuelan nationals comprising 16 males, 12 females, three children and three babies. On this vessel, they found 50 blocks of cheese and one sack of avocadoes.
And on November 2, the Don Cirilo was also intercepted and the occupants were served with rejection orders by the Immigration Division and escorted out of TT territorial waters.