The abandoned boat in which the missing men set out to fish. (Image: RISHI RAGOONATH)
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Tangled in fishing nets, the bloated body of a man has just been spotted floating off the port of Point Lisas in Central Trinidad.

Speculation is rife that the corpse could be one of the two missing Carli Bay fishermen who disappeared while fishing in shallow waters off the coast of Carli Bay on Monday night.

The body has not yet been brought to shore and has not yet been identified.

Over two dozen fishermen have been combing the western coastline with the hope of picking up  Navindra Garib aka “Tall man” and Parasram Boodoo aka “Brain”.

Their boat was found abandoned in Granville while the stolen engine was found under a house in Cedros on Wednesday. It is believed that they were robbed by pirates and thrown overboard.

L to R – Parasram “Brain” Boodoo and Navindra “Tall man” Garib are still missing at sea.

Family distraught over missing men

Boodoo’s brother Satesh told Guardian Media that the disappearance had left them distraught. Boodoo, 42, was not a fisherman by trade. He said Boodoo has a five-year-old child and because of the pandemic, he could not find work.

Unable to provide for his family he decided to join Garib in fishing.

Because they only had one 75 horsepower engine and little money for gas, they fished in shallow waters and sold their catch at the market to make ends meet.

Since their disappearance, the community has been fearing the worse.

MP: More security patrols needed

Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram said the fishermen needed money for fuel so after getting financial aid, they left for the search before noon today.

Ratiram has called for more patrols on the west coast and GPS trackers for fishing boats. He said Police Commissioner Gary Griffith had assisted in the search along with the TT Coast Guard.

Guardian Media will bring you more as this story unfolds.