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Welder succumbs to injuries from barge explosion

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Thursday, May 15 2014

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RELATIVES: Nisha Mohess, left, wife of Vedesh Mohess (INSIGHT), and his sister Cintra Mohess....
RELATIVES: Nisha Mohess, left, wife of Vedesh Mohess (INSIGHT), and his sister Cintra Mohess....

Vedesh Mohess, a 42 year old welder employed with Trinidad Contractors Limited, has succumbed to his injuries after being severely burnt during an explosion aboard a barge last Friday, which left two of his colleagues, still hospitalised.

Reports say at about 3 pm on Friday, Mohess, of St Croix Road, Princes Town, and two other colleagues, John Lambert and Trevor Henry, were conducting repairs onboard the supply vessel, MV Comanche Arrow, which docked at the company’s loading port in Claxton Bay on Friday when the explosion occurred.

The fire service was called while the three men were rushed to Petrotrin’s Augustus Long Hospital in Point-a-Pierre.

Lambert and Mohess were transferred to the Southern Medical Centre. At 4.30 pm on Tuesday Mohess succumbed to his injuries. The autopsy revealed he died from Burn Sepsis as a result of 90 percent of his body being covered with second degree burns.

Lambert remains warded at the Southern Medical Clinic, while Henry is at Augustus Long Hospital.

His wife of 16 years, Nisha Mohess, spoke to reporters at the Forensic Science Centre, describing her husband as a good man to her and their three children.

“He was loving and hardworking and he loved our children. He always worked hard to make sure our children had everything they needed,” Nisha said. She told reporters their three sons, aged 14, 11 and 6, were inconsolable because of their father’s death.

Nisha said her husband was employed with TCL for 18 years.

Although in deep grief, the relatives of Mohess are calling for a full investigation into the accident.

“We understand that an investigation is being conducted and we want a full report. We want to be informed about the cause of the explosion, so that we could have some kind of closure,” the relative said.

St Margaret’s Police Station is continuing investigations.

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