The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency will conduct an independent review of the local police force’s response in a missing persons investigation at sea that occurred in early March.

A private boat carrying five Caymanians, including two children, vanished sometime on March 6 after a trip to 12-Mile Bank west of Grand Cayman. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has been criticized by surviving members of the boaters’ families for what they perceived as an initially delayed response to the missing persons report.

Police have since provided some detailed information regarding the investigation that has sought to disprove the families’ claims.

Governor Helen Kilpatrick announced Thursday that coastguard commander Andy Jenkins will travel to Cayman next week to conduct an independent review of the incident.

Ms. Kilpatrick said the findings of that review will be made public.

In 19 years at the U.K., Mr. Jenkins has coordinated thousands of marine searches, the governor’s office noted.

The police response to the missing boaters incident has led to a parliamentary motion, filed by Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush, seeking to create an independent review of the incident. The motion is due to be heard in the Legislative Assembly on Monday.

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