The Hiking Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HATT) would like all hikers and those interested in hiking to know that they are working towards a safer hiking experience. The unfortunate death of Richard Baird, a hiker, spurred on the progress of undertaking better safety measures for hikers.
On Saturday, 19 August, Richard Baird went on a hike to Aripo Falls with a group of 65 people, where he went missing at 4:30 in the evening. Since then search parties consisting of the TTPS, the TTFS, the TTDC, the NOC and other hikers were conducted. His body was found, shortly before midday, the following Tuesday and recovered on Wednesday. Yesterday, at the Forensics Science Centre, an autopsy was done where it was confirmed that he died from the fall down the precipice.
HATT extends their sincerest condolences to the Baird family. They would also like to thank the members of the search party for the dedicated work.
Baird’s funeral arrangements would be announced at a later date.