UPDATE: 3 p.m. Sunday
Land and water-based searches for Linvol Smith, age 54, continued early Sunday on Cayman Brac by police, fire, customs and Department of Environment officers, as well as the CERT team. Mr. Smith has not yet been found, according to a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service news release.
On Sunday morning, six members of the newly-formed RCIPS Dive Team deployed to Cayman Brac to conduct dives to search for Mr. Smith, who had told friends when he was last seen on Friday, 18 May, that he was heading out diving. The Dive Team was briefed and began water searches early Sunday afternoon. The Brac Scuba Shack provided the team with tanks and emergency equipment free of charge.
Thunderstorms and poor weather have prevented the RCIPS helicopter from deploying to the Brac to assist with searches. The weather is being closely monitored, and the crew will deploy if able to do so.
“We are using all available resources at the moment to find Mr. Smith, and thorough searches have been carried out today and yesterday despite very poor weather conditions,” said Brad Ebanks, Acting Superintendent of Specialist Operations. “The thoroughness of these searches would not be possible without the private boat owners, divers, snorkelers, dive shop owners and other private citizens who have responded to this emergency with us and our first responder colleagues.”
Cayman Brac resident Linvol Smith, 54, has been reported missing, following an apparent diving excursion near Scotts Dock.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service indicated Mr. Smith was last seen midday Friday, when he left his Cayman Brac home in a front-end loader with his dive gear. Mr. Smith – who is about 5’6”, weighs around 150 lbs and has gray hair – said he was going to the bay to dive.
When he did not appear at work Saturday, police were notified.
Searches have been carried out throughout the weekend around Scotts Dock in Cayman Brac’s West End, where dive clothing, possibly belonging to Mr. Smith, was found. Nearby, colleagues located his front-end loader.
Searches by land and water have been conducted by police, fire officers, the Department of Environment, a Customs officer and private citizens.
Rescue efforts continued until 4:30 p.m. Saturday and reportedly began again Sunday at 5:30 a.m. by water and at 7 a.m. by land.
Anyone with information regarding Mr. Smith’s whereabouts should immediately contact the Cayman Brac Police Station at 948-0331.