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Four of 28 fishermen stuck in Colombia brought home

Monday, September 24, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has announced that four of the 28 fishermen who were rescued by the Colombian Coast Guard following a fire on their vessel last week were brought home to Jamaica this weekend.

However the ministry regrettably informed in a release that one of the men had to be kept for further treatment.

Portfolio minister Kamina Johnson Smith said that the four men who were being treated for burns in a medical facility in San Andres were released on Friday and returned safely on Saturday.

She added that the men were met and transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) by health officials.

The foreign minister also explained that arrangements continue to be made for the remaining 24 fishermen and crew members. She also said the necessary plans to ensure the safe return of the men during the course of this week.

“As I am sure the affected families and the public would understand, these matters are actually quite complex and issues like timing are affected by many different factors.

“My team and I at foreign affairs have to express our appreciation for the support of the Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon Shahine Robinson, who came on board and aided our efforts to make arrangements for our nationals through the Jamaican Embassy in Bogota and our Honorary Consul in San Andres,” Johnson Smith said.

The foreign minister also indicated that her ministry would continue to keep the public updated as appropriate and once again expressed her continued appreciation to the Colombian authorities, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Health, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and other key stakeholders for their assistance in this matter.

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