Missing tender found in Honduras

A 45-foot tender boat has been found five weeks after it mysteriously vanished from Grand Cayman.

Caribbean Marine Services manager Andrew Pearson yesterday confirmed that the aluminium hulled vessel had been discovered in Honduras.

A Honduran captain had agreed to bring the boat back to Cayman under its own power, said Mr. Pearson.

The vessel would be leaving there either yesterday or today, he said.

It was expected to arrive here either Friday or Saturday.

It was not known if any arrests had been made in the matter.

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

Police were informed but an extensive sea search proved unsuccessful.

However, the company then received word that the boat – usually used to transport as many as 90 passengers to and from their ships – 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 a 12-year-old child supplies. They all gave their names as Ebanks.

At the time Mr. Pearson said he did not know the nationality of the people on board.

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

Mr. Pearson said the company had been coping from a business point of view with the remaining total of 15 boats.

‘We are obviously pleased to have it back because it means we can service the cruise ships better,’ he said.