At least 19 bodies of Venezuelan migrants who tried to flee the country on a boat were found off the coast of Sucre state, Venezuela. The shipwreck was trying to get to Trinidad and Tobago. All crew members drowned. Between them were two children. The boat departed three days ago from the Goiria in Sucre state, bound for the neighboring Caribbean island. The bodies were found floating in the sea 6.3 nautical miles off the coast of that Venezuelan state, where it left for the island. The exact number of crew members travelling on the vessel is unknown, but it is estimated that there were more than 20 people. None of them survived. Rocío San Miguel, Venezuelan human rights lawyer, said on Twitter: «Coast guard finds 19 drowned adults and children, 6.3 MN off the coast of Goiria. New deadly shipwreck of a boat disappeared three days ago. They died seeking freedom and a better future for their families, fleeing Venezuela in an insecure way.»
The #Ahora Guard finds 19 drowned adults and children, 6.3 MN off the coast of GoiriaNew mortal shipwreck from a boat disappeared 3 days ago They died searching
freedom and a better future for their families, fleeing Venezuela in an insecure way -FronteraMortal pic.twitter.com/T5v07zqNaE — Rocío San Miguel (@rociosanmiguel)
December 13, 2020
This is three weeks after another group of Venezuelan migrants, including 16 children, were expelled from Trinidad and Tobago, spent 48 hours at sea and then detained off the coast of Chatham Beach and deported to Venezuela. It was late November. Unfortunately, cases of venezolan-filled rafts fleeing precariously in the country, which in recent years has an exodus of more than five million people, according to the United Nations estimate, are becoming increasingly common. For its part, the government of Nicolás Maduro did not rule on this.