Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have discovered a vessel from Africa full of dead bodies, according to reports.
Some 14 corpses and additional skeletal remains were found aboard a ‘ghost boat’ in the Caribbean Sea in late May.
Investigators have since determined the boat was likely launched from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania by migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.
“The boat, according to our information, was believed to have been stolen and there is an investigation under way in that country,” Tobago police head William Nurse explained in a press conference last week.
Trinidad and Tobago is located well over 3,000 miles from Mauritania.
The vessel has reportedly been sitting on shore in the village of Belle Garden for some time, with all of the human remains still inside as the hull fills with rain water.
“It is said that that boat is called a coffin, so the people of Belle Garden are asking, ‘Why is it that the authorities bring that coffin and leave it here?’” Curtis Douglas, president of the All Tobago Fisherfolk Association, told local media.
“They could have explained to the public or the people of Tobago if there was any infection in the remains. Was there Ebola? Was there SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)? Is it contagious?”
“So right now the people of Belle Garden are clearly worried about their health,” he added.
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