(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — It has been six months since three fishermen went missing at sea and their families are now begging the Government to get involved in the search to find them.
During an interview, a close relative said the strange disappearance of fishermen Barry Boban, 34, Shane Harbajan, 25 and David Williams, 39, has haunted them since the men disappeared on August 19th 2018.
Unlike the recent plight of six kidnapped fishermen of Morne Diablo Penal, there was no ransom call for the Moruga fishermen.
Nobody saw them being kidnapped. The last time they were seen was when they left to go on a fishing expedition on the outskirts of Venezuela.
The relative said Boban of Crapaud Trace, Penal Rock Road, told her to keep an eye out on his house on the morning he disappeared. “I don’t know why he asked me to watch his house. Maybe he knew what he was going to do. I don’t know what happened out there but we think maybe they were attacked by Venezuelans.”
She said Harbajan, 25 of Jhulai Trace, Penal was an only child.
“He came to the house about 4 pm that day and called him out to go fishing. The other man David Williams also went out to sea with them. We don’t know how far they were out. That was the last we heard of them,” she said. The distraught woman said since the disappearance they have been getting dreams.
“My sister dreamt twice that he was tied up and left somewhere. He told her he was tired of being tied up and he wanted to come home,” she said. Boban’s mother told the family that last month she heard Boban calling her name from a window at her home. When they checked, no one was there.
“This is haunting us. We want closure. We want to know what happened to them,” she cried.
She noted that the Anti-Kidnapping Unit was conducting investigations but has not been able to find the men.
“ I want the government to contact t the Venezuelan government and do some enquiries. They seem to be forgotten. People are assuming that they are dead but I think they are still alive. The right procedure was not followed to look for him. It went unnoticed and did not get the attention as the other fishermen who went missing,” she said.
Police said yesterday that they were seeking the public’s help to find the missing fishermen. Anyone with information can call the nearest police station or Moruga police at 656- 7001.