Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Security measures to be tightened following pirate attack

A team comprising members of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard (CG) will be meeting with the fishermen who were recently attacked by pirates in the Pomeroon River on February 2.
Martime Department, Harbour Master, Velton Skeete said that discussions at this meeting will focus on the way forward with regards to ensuring that fishing, the livelihood of a significant number of people in Guyana, is done in a more protected manner; key among which is the provision of better security with the establishment of a structured check-in-point.
The Maritime Department continues to focus on the matter; while the police are gathering information from the rescued men, who are cooperating and providing details with regards to what transpired.
All of the fishermen are accounted for; 15 were rescued and no lives were lost but two boats were badly wrecked in the attack. Nevertheless, another aerial reconnaissance was conducted in the Pomeroon River to determine whether more fishermen were stranded, but none was spotted.
Skeete added that the implementation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) on fishing boats is also being considered so as to be able to identify the location of fishing crews in the event of an incident such as a pirate attack. This will enable the relevant authorities to respond more promptly and efficiently.


  1. Indeed tighter measure needs to be put in place for these fishermen cause over the years they are begin attack by pirates which results in the lost of millions.

  2. Our needs to be safe for the fishermen and put these pirates in prison cause many have suffer by the hands of these men women.So i say beef up the security so that we could put a end to this piracy.