They're back - Cedros fishermen return from Venezuela

The three T&T fishermen who were taken by Venezuela's Guardia Nacional are back home.

The fishermen arrived in Cedros just after 4pm today where they were reunited with family members.

We will have more in the CNC3 weekend news at 7pm.

Photo by Guardian Media's Ivan Toolsie.

Fishermen finally coming home

The three Trinidad and Tobago fishermen who were taken by Venezuela's Guardia Nacional are finally on their way home to Trinidad.

The men boarded a vessel in Venezuela this afternoon for the short journey home.

Awardnath Hajarie, his son Nicholas and Shami Seepersad appeared in a Venezuela court but were released and have been staying at one of the men's family members in Venezuela.

Dillon: Fishermen don't seem ready to leave Venezuela at this time

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says it appears that the three fishermen who were captured by the Guardia National and taken to Venezuela, do not appear as though they want to come back home at this time.

He told today's post-Cabinet media conference that the Government has been making all effort for their safe return but that the men do not seem to want to accept it.

"I have a sense that there is no urgency. I have a sense that they are comfortable. It is up to them when they are ready to come home," he told the media.

Foreign Affairs Ministry: 'Fishermen free to leave Venezuela on their own volition'

"They're free to leave".

That's the position put forward by the state with respect to the return of three T&T nationals captured by the Venezuelan Guardia Nacional presumably in T&T waters.

In a statement issued today, the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said the three fishermen are free to leave Venezuela on their own volition.

"The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs wishes to provide an update on the three (3) Trinidad and Tobago nationals who had been detained in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Cedros fishermen released by captors

Heermatie Sanker was excited yesterday as she waited anxiously at her Fullerton Village home awaiting the return of her husband Awardnath Hajarie and their son Nicholas who were held captive in Venezuela since last Thursday.

After feeling sick and depressed on Monday, Sanker said her spirits were lifted when a villager came calling.

“Come! Come! Your son wants to speak to you,” the neighbour told Sanker outside her home on Monday night.