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Gov't working for return of Jamaican fishermen in Colombia — Johnson Smith

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says it has been actively engaged in assisting with the return of 28 Jamaican fishermen, who were rescued by the Colombian Coast Guard and brought to San Andreas following a fire on their vessel last Thursday.

“The Charge d' Affaires in the Embassy in Bogota and our Honorary Consul in San Andreas have been working with the Colombian Authorities and provided the names of the men, and other necessary information to assist with the process of the verification of their Jamaican nationality. This is in keeping with standard operating procedures,” portfolio minister Kamina Johnson Smith said.

The foreign minister expressed appreciation to the Colombian authorities for seeing to the welfare of the fishermen saying that, “the safe and earliest possible return of the men is the immediate concern of the Government of Jamaica. The Jamaica Defence Force is also working with the Colombian authorities to arrange for their safe return, including those that were injured, in the coming days.”

The ministry said the owner of the boat, who operates a commercial fishing company, has made contact with them and is cooperating with authorities as well as keeping the men's families informed.

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