Officers from the United Kingdom Coastguard arrived in the Cayman Islands this week to review the country’s search and rescue capabilities.
The police came under fire earlier this year when three men and two boys, ages 9 and 11, went missing at sea and emergency searchers did not deploy until the next morning.
The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency officers plan to be in Cayman for two weeks, working with the police, Fire Service, Customs and Immigration departments.
A statement from the Governor’s Office states the officers will be looking at ways to improve search and rescue operations and better manage incidents and resources.
The Governor’s Office said, “The review will produce a strategy giving clear advice on appropriate policies, procedures, staffing, training and equipment to enhance search and rescue capability in a cost effective and appropriate way.”
In a written statement, Governor Helen Kilpatrick said, “Operations, equipment and legislation are constantly evolving and the cooperation with the UK MCA will help to ensure that we can keep up to date with developments and ensure seafarers around our islands are as safe as possible.”
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said, “We welcome the arrival of our colleagues from the MCA, and look forward to their assessment and recommendations as to the kind of search and rescue capabilities the islands should have, the resources required in terms of personnel and equipment, and how all agencies ensuring public safety and border protection can coordinate effectively to manage critical incidents on the water.”