As hope runs out in the search for the three fishermen missing at sea for over two weeks, Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn today indicated that the authorities are at a stage where a decision will have to be made to abandon the searches.
The Minister said the search has been a long one with no trace of the fishermen or their boat.
“With MARAD (Maritime Administration Department) and the Coast Guard making diligent efforts in respect of that matter and it has been some time, and a decision will have to be made on the necessity for the continuation of the search and what was a rescue at the beginning, but perhaps a recovery effort at the moment. ”
The three fishermen Harold Anthony Damon, Ronald Burton, and Winston Sam went missing on the 19th of February out in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Mahaicony coast.
A fourth fisherman who survived said the fishing vessel started to encounter difficulties and flipped over suddenly, throwing the fishermen overboard. The survivor was saved by another group of fishermen but the boat with the three others went underwater.
The tragedy reignited calls for more monitoring of the waterways, especially in areas where Guyanese fishermen ply their trade.
The group of fishermen worked for the Noble House seafood company, which was criticized for taking more than 24hours before informing the authorities of the tragedy in the Atlantic.
Family members of the missing fishermen are still holding out hope, even as it fades.