THE inter-island cargo vessel the Cabo Star this morning veered off course to help in a search and rescue operation in the waters between Trinidad and Grenada.
According to an official at the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), there was a distress (SOS) call was made and the Cabo Star, which was at sea on its way to Port of Spain from Tobago, responded.
The official said there was no immediate information on the number of people who were aboard the ill-fated vessel off Grenada.
But at least one person is confirmed missing.
The Grenadian Coast Guard is also involved in the search.
Several on the people on the port of Port of Spain have been complaining of the delay in the arrival of the Carbo Star.
There are several truckers aboard the vessel.
Ata round 10.30a.m. the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Transportation Company Limited (TTIT) issued a press statement advising port users that at about 4a.m, during its sailing from Tobago, the Cabo Star received a distress call from a barge that had overturned midway between Grenada and Trinidad.
The Cabo Star immediately altered course and proceeded to the site to render assistance. At this time the Cabo Star has returned to its route to POS, and is expected to arrive in port at 3p.m.
Due to the delay into port the M.V. Cabo Star will sail on Thursday from Port of Spain from 6p.m.
The captain of a vessel has an obligation to render assistance to those in distress at sea without regard to their nationality, status or the circumstances in which they are found. This is a longstanding maritime tradition as well as an obligation enshrined in international law.