Police have called off an air and sea search for missing
vessel Miss Janice, which left Cayman for Honduras 10 days ago.
The police Marine and Air Operations Unit, as well as the
Lynx helicopter from RFA Wave Ruler, have been searching a 4,000 square mile
area for five days, but no trace of the vessel or its six crew members of four
Caymanians and two Hondurans have been found.
Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay, the officer leading the search,
said: “I have spoken at length with the family members of the crew and they
fully understand and support the decision to suspend the search.
“As and when we receive any further information, we will of
course resume searching if appropriate. But in the absence of any sightings or
concrete information, we cannot search indefinitely.”
He added: “We continue to speak with our counterparts in
neighbouring jurisdictions and we will, of course, maintain close contact with
the family members, providing them with the necessary support they need while
we seek to find some answers for them. “
A statement released by the Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service Tuesday morning said the RCIPS was continuing to liaise with law
enforcement and coast guards from Honduras, Cuba, Belize, Mexico and Jamaica,
as well as getting support from RFA Wave Ruler, which is the region on
hurricane relief duty, and the regional United States Coast Guard to try to
find the vessel.
Police have also asked cargo ships, domestic vessels,
tankers and cruise ships that use the high shipping area waters in which the
Miss Janice disappeared to report any sightings.
The 37-foot vessel, which was bound for Swan Island,
Honduras, left Cayman on Saturday, 16 July. It was reported missing on
Thursday, 21 July.