A group of five men that went missing at sea on their way to Jamaica were found in Cayman Islands waters early Friday morning, Royal Cayman Islands Police confirmed.
According to police, the canoe the men rode in was spotted around 6am Friday about 150 yards off Frank Sound. The Marine Unit deployed and the canoe was towed to shore.
The three West Bay men and two Jamaicans who were on board have been transported by ambulance to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town for check-ups. None appeared to be seriously injured.
The canoe is believed to have left Grand Cayman on 19 August, heading for Jamaica. The purpose of the trip was not known by police.
Three West Bay men – James Michael Ebanks, Sidney Henry Ebanks and William Miguel Bush – were onboard the canoe when it left Grand Cayman. Two Jamaican nationals were also on board, but they have not been identified.
On Thursday 23 August, when the men had not returned to Grand Cayman, family members raised the alarm and reported the matter to police.
On receipt of the report, the RCIPS made contact with the US Coast Guard, Jamaican authorities and informed passing vessels to be on the lookout for the canoe. An extensive sea and air search was immediately mounted utilising the RCIPS air and marine assets. The search pattern extended from Cayman Brac towards Jamaica. A canoe was sighted late on Wednesday, 22 August approximately 17 miles south of Cayman Brac. The sighting was reported by the crew of a passing cargo ship. It has not been established if this sighting was of the missing canoe.
The air and sea search was suspended over last weekend, but continued this week.