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More Gas Money for DEMA Vessels

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Providenciales, 17 Mar 2015 – The Department of Maritime Affairs needs more gas money and Fisheries man and Member from South Caicos Norman Saunders promised that the Appropriations Committee will go to bat to help them get it.

“They can’t do a lot of stuff for the lack of fuel, and why is it that the amount for fuel remains so low or remains static with previous years.”

Saunders said the lack of fuel for DEMA boats is often cited as the reason there is not heavier patrolling for protection of the TCI waters. It was admitted in the Appropriations meeting at the House of Assembly last week that more monies for funding a bigger fuel bill was requested.

DEMA: “I am sure we have put in a bit more than this…”

Hon. Saunders: “Are you confirming that you need more money in the fuel boat? …”

DEMA: “Yes, we did put in for more; but I don’t know whether it was cut.”

That’s when Saunders, who is a member of the Committee explained there will be a recommendation. New Permanent Secretary for Tourism, Desiree Lewis also promised a review.

Desiree Lewis: “Madame Chair what I would state here as well to the Honourable member, what we will do is we will review the various operating expenses…”

The government in the 2014-2015 Fiscal year had budgeted $28,000 for fuel for DEMA & the Protected Areas Department’s vessels; that’s in essence, $76 a day to gas up boats to protect 238 square miles of territory; including around 50 islands and cays. It was also revealed that there is a greater investment coming for Environmental Awareness Week; up from around $2,400 for the entire nation for the week to ten times that figure, at $24,000 budgeted now. Outgoing Permanent Secretary for Tourism, Wesley Clerveaux said Government was told it must do better in this area.

Wesley Clerveaux: “One of the concerns that was raised during the Tourism Symposium is that the Government needs to pay a little more protection of Environmental Protection.”

At this time, the Environment Department commands only 2.4% of the country’s budget yet is responsible for protecting the lifeblood of the country’s leading industry: Tourism and the country’s only export industry: Fisheries.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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