One of the photos of the diving team before tragedy struck. L to R: Christopher Boodram (only diver to survive), Kazim Ali Jr, Yusuf Henry, Rishi Nagassar and Fyzal Kurban.

LMCS Limited, the company with which the five divers who were involved in the tragic accident at a Paria Fuel Trading offshore platform were employed, has issued a statement on the issue, calling for a full accountability on the part of those ultimately responsible for the death of four of the divers.

The company’s statement, issued by its attorney, Gerald Ramdeen, also indicates that LMCS has been working to provide all necessary information to the investigation into the tragedy, in addition to providing support to the affected families.

“We must demand that those who are responsible for the deaths of Yusuf, Fyzal, Rishi and Kazim Jr are held to account for their inactions and actions,” the company says in the statement.

LMCS also states in the release that a tragedy of this nature must never happen again:

“In the interest and honor of those who lost their lives, we must demand that steps are taken to ensure that a disaster of this nature never repeats itself; where there are short comings, they must be remedied.”

The full text of the LMCS statement, follows…

On Friday 25th February 2022, tragedy struck on the No. 36 Sea Line Riser on Berth No. 6 at Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited, Pointe-a-Pierre. At the time, LMCS Limited was executing work it was contracted to perform by Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited.  This horrific incident led to the death of four of our dedicated employees, Yusuf Henry, Fyzal Kurban, Rishi Nagassar and Kazim Jeremiah Ali, the only son of our managing director. A fifth employee, Christopher Boodram, survived but suffered severe injuries. 

LMCS has been concentrating its efforts on comforting the families who lost their loved ones and providing support to them during this period of unimaginable grief. The impact of this incident on our LMCS staff has been devastating. LMCS has made available to all members of the deceased families, as well as Mr. Boodram, professional services to address their state of mind and the anguish that has been visited upon them as a result of this incident. These services have also been made available to all of our employees. LMCS has undertaken to cover the burial costs for Yusuf Henry, Fyzal Kurban and Rishi Nagassar.

Those who were responsible for this tragedy that led to the death of our employees and the serious injuries to Mr. Boodram must be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof. The public interest requires no less. The families who lost their loved ones deserve no less. LMCS will be satisfied with no less. To this end LMCS has retained, at its own cost, the services of a specialist pathologist to undertake private autopsies for all of the deceased. 

In addition, since this incident, LMCS has been in the process of gathering all of the relevant evidence in order to provide international experts who are being retained by LMCS to determine  the cause of this national disaster and to ascertain who was responsible for the deaths of our employees or the decisions that led to their deaths. 

From the time that LMCS was made aware of the loss of contact with our divers on the 25th February 2022, our singular aim was the rescue of our employees. We not only had the manpower and personnel to carry out their rescue, but we provided Paria with the methodology to execute the rescue. At all material times we were prevented from executing this rescue by Paria and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. We were not given the chance to save the lives of our employees.  The effect of those decisions prevented us from attempting to rescue our employees and those who made those decisions must be held accountable for them and must justify those decisions, not only to the families, but to the public and to the authorities that are responsible for the enforcement of the law. 

LMCS expresses gratitude and appreciation to our employees who have been a tower of strength during this tragedy. LMCS wishes to express heartfelt thanks to every single member of the public who offered their support and prayers during this period of time. In the interest and honor of those who lost their lives, we must demand that steps are taken to ensure that a disaster of this nature never repeats itself; where there are short comings, they must be remedied. We must demand that those who are responsible for the deaths of Yusuf, Fyzal, Rishi and Kazim Jr are held to account for their inactions and actions.