Police call for search volunteers for 5 missing at sea

This boat was last seen Sunday afternoon between 3 to 4 p.m. approximately 6 miles west of Grand Cayman, according to the RCIPS. Boat was reportedly making its way back to shore with engine problems.
The boat was seen Sunday afternoon between 3 to 4 p.m. approximately 6 miles west of Grand Cayman, according to the RCIPS. Police found it overturned at sea Monday. The boat was reportedly making its way back to shore with engine problems.

UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: Police call for search volunteers

From the police: “The RCIPS Joint Marine Unit is asking for volunteers for the ongoing search and rescue operation for the missing 28-foot Panga boat with three adults and two children on board, last seen around 3 p.m. yesterday.

“We are asking for experienced boaters with vessels of 50 foot or more in length to join the operation tomorrow, which will begin around 8 a.m.  The operation will be done in concert with the C-130 plane deployed by the U.S. Coast Guard, which is conducting an operation until dark this evening and will begin again in the morning.

“Those who able to join tomorrow’s operation should call the Joint Marine Unit at 649-7710 and leave their details with officers.  They will be contacted at 7 a.m. with further instructions.

“As seas are expected to be rough tomorrow as they are today, we are again asking for experienced boaters only.”

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Police say they saw the boat overturned from the helicopter with no one on board Monday.

Police and volunteers are searching for a small boat that went missing Sunday with five people aboard, including two children.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported that it was informed around midnight on March 7 that a vessel was missing.

Those on board reportedly departed Grand Cayman at 11 a.m. Sunday for a fishing trip. They were later spotted leaving 12-Mile Bank on route to George Town.

Those on board included one 42-year-old male and two other adult males. Two boys ages nine and 11 were also aboard, police said.

It was reported to police that the craft, a 28-footer, had just one engine operating when it left the bank Sunday afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Police began a search at first light Monday morning. The search and rescue operation is under way with no word yet on the missing boaters being found.

All boats, cruise ships and the U.S. Coast Guard have been alerted to the missing vessel’s description and picture. Police have established a command center at the Newlands marine base to coordinate the search.

Twelve mile bank is about six miles west of Grand Cayman.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Conference is holding a prayer vigil for the missing boaters at 12:15 p.m. Monday on the lawn of the Glass House former government administration building.

Compass journalist James Whittaker contributed reporting.

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