Police announced Friday evening that the search to find the five boaters, including two children, is no longer a rescue operation but a recovery, confirming the family’s and community’s fears that the group most likely perished at sea.
“Today senior officers with the RCIPS organized a meeting with family members of the missing to inform them of this development. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families at this time,” the Police Service writes in a press release.
Police say that based on data from the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Environment, the search area is now more than 100 miles offshore. The statement notes that the coordinated search, including the police, volunteers and the U.S. Coast Guard, has covered almost 2,000 square miles since Monday morning.