The body of a missing Mayaro fisherman with facial injuries was found floating in the waters off Manzanilla yesterday.
Scotty Metoo, from the village of Ortoire, was last seen leaving in a fishing pirogue with another man around 2pm on Monday.
Metoo, father of a child, lived alone and had followed in the footsteps of his father and his uncles, all fishermen.
The Express spoke yesterday with his sister, Allissa Metoo, who said her brother was born into fishing and was no stranger to the sea.
“But when he called my other sister to tell her he was going out on Monday, she told him he shouldn’t go because the weather was too bad. He works on a boat for someone and he brought a boy from Venezuela who is always there hustling,” she said.
Allissa said her family became concerned when the Venezuelan came ashore without his brother and the boat.
“He told us that the boat had been hit by a big wave and had overturned. He was holding a bucket and my brother had a trashcan lid as floats. He got away with it, but he didn’t know what happened to my brother,” she said.
Metoo’s parents and fishermen in the community started fetching water for him.
The search ended around 9am yesterday.
Allissa said: “We received reports this morning that family members who were searching found my brother’s body near the area where he disappeared.
“He had injuries to his head and face, so we don’t know if it was the water or if something else happened,” she said.
The body was taken to the Forensic Science Center in St James.
Allissa described her brother as a cool and fun person who enjoyed spending time with his son. He was the only child of his parents and was loved by all.