Fisherman 48-year-old Stephen Duke Junior of Kings Bay Road Delaford is still missing. Duke left on a fishing expedition last Saturday around 11am and has not been seen since. His sister Kandia Duke McKenna, visited Tobago News worried about the safety of her brother.
"The services that suppose to render the help you, I am not seeing them coming forward. Communication is not forthcoming. Nobody has visited us, police, coast guard and the information and anything in regarding the search is slow in coming," McKenna said.
She said her brother would usually fish alone and would usually return within hours, and at the time when he left the Kings Bay Beach Facility, his cellular phone was not operational. The coast guard however, did inform her, that they searched the seas but came up empty handed.
"I am taking their word that they did search, but the fishermen from the various fishing villages, they went out and they searched, and they have not seen any sight of him," she said.
We contacted Public Relations Officer of the Coast Guard Lieutenant Kirk Jean Baptiste. Baptiste said Coast Guard Officials are aware of the missing fisherman and searches have been conducted along with the air guard. Baptisite added coast guard officials are also in search of Curtis Sydney who has been missing at sea since February 7th around 4:48pm.
"Sydney went fishing at Macqueripe Bay on February 7th along with Junior Charles when a swell approached on the rocks and swept his possessions including his wallet into the ocean. Sydney dived after his wallet but got into difficulty, his friend Junior Charles tried to assist but could not save him. Charles later swam to safety. Coast guard officials were later contacted," Baptiste said.