Two fishermen, feared lost at sea a month ago after leaving Barbados aboard the fishing vessel Pearlita, returned here to the loving embrace of family and friends on last night.
Captain of the vessel Kirton Watson, and Michael Hawkesworth, who were rescued in Venezuela after their recent ordeal, arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight from Trinidad, having left the South American country the previous day.
The pair ran aground in Venezuela on April 18 and were rescued by the Venezuelan coast guard. On Thursday night, it was an emotional reunion for their families, who shed tears of joy upon seeing the pair come through the arrivals hall at GAIA.
Hawkesworth’s sister June Haynes told reporters t she was breathing a sigh of relief.
“I feel good to know that he is safe and that he is back in the island. I am overjoyed and overwhelmed. I just feel good to know that he home and he isn’t out there. My sleepless nights are over,” an emotional Haynes said.
In seeking to explain how they ran into difficulty, Hawkesworth, who had cuts and bruises on his feet, said about 4 o’clock one morning they heard a great “woosh”, before they were stuck.
Watson on the other hand said he was much too tired to speak after spending more than a month at sea.