A 29 year old Penal man drowned at Maracas Beach yesterday.
According to the Express, Raj Sonnylal got into difficulty while in the water around 11:15am, however there were no lifeguards on duty to render assistance.
Instead, the victim was reportedly tended to by a team from the US Marines, and lifeguards of the Las Cuevas lifeguard station.
Sonnylal was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he died overnight.
According to reports, lifeguards at the beach stayed away from work to protest health and safety issues.