No sign of tender

There is still no trace of a 45-foot tender boat that disappeared mysteriously earlier this month.

‘It’s been two and a half weeks so I am kind of giving up on it,’ Caribbean Marine Services operations manager Andrew Pearson said yesterday.

The aluminium hulled Carib Wave was reported missing from its South Sound moorings early one morning in the middle of December.

Police were informed and an extensive sea search was made without success.

But some time later Mr. Pearson received word that the boat – apparently on its way to Honduras – had been spotted 120 miles south west of Grand Cayman after it allegedly sent out a distress signal.

It was reported that a cargo ship had responded and given the three men, one woman and 12-year-old child – who all gave their names as Ebanks – supplies.

Mr. Pearson said he did not know the nationality of the people on board the tender, which is usually used to transport as many as 90 visiting cruise ship passengers to and from their vessels.

A few days earlier, however, a group of Cubans had arrived off Grand Cayman and there was speculation that some of those, who had decided to continue their journey, could have been behind the tender’s disappearance.

Mr. Pearson said he had heard nothing more at all since then but was managing to cope from a business point of view with his remaining 15 boats.

‘Obviously we are hoping we do get it back. But that’s just about all we can do, wait and hope,’ he said.