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Mar 17, 2015

D.O.E. to Investigate Grounded Submersible

It’s been almost a week since a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) reported “lost” in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2014. The submersible was found last Wednesday in the waters off San Pedro on the Belize Barrier Reef in an area called Mexico Rocks.  Measuring approximately twelve feet in length and six point six feet in width, the vessel has several underwater cameras and is used for research and exploration for gas and oil companies. But in reference to the Trinidadian submersible, C.E.O. Adele Catzim-Sanchez says that she has just given the approval for a team from the Department of Environment to investigate. 

 

Adele Catzim-Sanchez

Adele Catzim-Sanchez, C.E.O., Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development

“I wouldn’t be able to comment on that because I know that is something that happened fairly recent and I don’t have all the information to be able to speak fully on that particular situation. But we can engage with the media to provide an official update on that. I know that it is something that has been raised by a couple people, this week actually, to request that we also trigger that emergency response. I know for a fact that I have approved the staff of the Department of the Environment going out into the field to check on the situation. And so I am just awaiting the formal report that comes out of that assessment. But we have activated our response.”

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