Missing crew found safe and well


    Six crew members of the missing vessel Miss Janice have been
    found safe and well after floating in the water for nine days.

    According to family members, the men managed to survive afloat in the Caribbean on board a life raft. 

    All six men were found by an oil tanker around just before noon Tuesday.

    The men are identified as Caymanians Travis Welcome (the boat owner), Chad Ebanks, Ernest Rankine, Elvis Welcome, and Honduran nationals Ted Woods and Michael Garcia. 

    Police confirmed late Tuesday that one of the crew
    members of the boat, Mr. Welcome, contacted his family to say all six men
    who had been on board the sunken Miss Janice were safe.

    The Miss Janice sank on Sunday, 17 July, about five hours
    after setting sail from Grand Cayman.

    Janice Welcome, Travis’s wife and the person for whom the boat was named, said she had been praying for her husband’s rescue. 

    “I knew in my heart he was alive,” Mrs. Welcome said. “This has been a nightmare.” 

    The sunken boat had been loaded up with goods that were earmarked to be sold in Honduras, Mrs. Welcome said. 

    “Since things have been hard Travis was doing this to try and make ends meet,” she said. 

    According to Mr. Welcome’s family, his daughter received a call from a satellite phone that was on board the oil tanker just after the men were picked up. 

    Details of how the men survived for roughly nine days aboard the small raft were not immediately known by family members, who said they couldn’t stay on the satellite phone to talk for long.

    Police said the men had been floating without
    any food or water when they were picked up by the tanker – CPO Sweden – which was on route to Houston, Texas. .

    Family members said they were told the tanker would get into Houston around 11am Wednesday. However, Houston-area marine  officials later said it was likely the men wouldn’t make into port until Thursday. .

    Police said Mr. Welcome also spoke to Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay by satellite phone Tuesday afternoon.

    On Tuesday morning, local police announced they had called off the search for the six missing boaters after a five-day hunt that covered some 3,000 miles of ocean and involved coast guard agencies from several different countries including Honduras, Belize, Jamaica and assistance from a British warship that was visiting Cayman last week.


    This photo of the Miss Janice was taken the day she left Cayman.


    1. Very grateful to the Almighty Lord for having saved my friend Travis his crew. It was a miracle given the current weather conditions in the Caribbean.

    2. Good news that the crew have survived. But next, what were they doing in a boat which sank 5 hours after sailing? Why -overloaded, badly maintained, incompetent crew?
      This is not a snide comment – but the various countries, including Cayman, which fund search and rescue, have a distinct interest in this matter.
      And let us remember the long history and reputation of Cayman’s sailors over the generations.

    3. We are so grateful that the crew on the missing boat was rescued by the Tanker and brought to safety.

      Dear Ana Evans wasn’t so lucky in her situation.

      Here is my response as the RCIP after acting out of incompetence in handling the Ana Evans Missing person case.
      Usually when a case goes cold it is because police has not taken viable information seriously. Viable information is an authentic lead to solving the crime and finding out what really happened to the victim. BY FOLLOWING THROUGH ON SUCH INFO.
      If Comissioner Baines was serious about finding Ana he would not have waited TWO WHOLE WEEKS before bringing in the dogs to hunt for her remains. He should have been FIRED on the spot. IF Ana had been a caucasian woman and not a woman of color this case would have been handled differently.
      The family of Ana Evans should file a civil lawsuit for RCIP neglect in handling the case.

    4. Someone told me that the boat captian had been warned so many times. The families could have sued the CI government for heaps of monies. And the Port Authority did not inspect the boat to see if it was safe or sea-worthy. Sounds to me like carelessness. Still… happy that no one lost his life.

    5. One only has to look at the picture of the vessel to see that the amount of cargo stored on the boat deck was far too much. This would have raised the centre-of-gravity higher making the vessel unstable and likely to capsize in adverse sea conditions.
      It may be time for an organisation such as the Seafarers Association to offer training courses in order to prevent such tragedies.

    6. Thank God the Compass is not afraid of criticizing government.

      Yes its a matter of black woman missing -v-s white woman missing. Ana a woman of the black race was not as apparently was not as important to our Commissioner of police David Baines since he took TWO WEEKS TO BRING IN DOGS an to distribute flyers! if this is not the height of being irresponsible then what is? Our own coconut head legislators (as the British call them) seem to be scared to fire him I wonder why? What more damage does this man need to do or allow in our society.

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