Search for man missing at sea called off

Members of the newly formed RCIPS Dive Team assemble Sunday to search for Linvol Smith. The search was called off on Monday. - Photo: RCIPS
Linvol Smith

The search for 54-year-old Linvol Smith, missing in waters off Cayman Brac since Friday, has been called off.

Mr. Smith was reported missing Saturday after he did not show up for work. Friends believe that on Friday he went snorkeling or swimming, rather than diving as reported previously by RCIPS. His vehicle and clothing were found near Scotts Dock.

The police dive team and community volunteers searched for the missing man throughout the weekend but were forced to call off the effort Monday amid worsening weather conditions.

“We believe that we have searched as completely as possible in the location, especially given current weather conditions,” said Acting Superintendent Brad Ebanks, head of Specialist Support Operations.

“We must reluctantly admit that further underwater searches are unlikely to be successful and we have concluded these efforts. Our thoughts are with Mr. Smith’s family at this time.”

The RCIPS thanked the Fire Service, the Department of Environment, the Brac Scuba Shack, private boat owners, local businesses and private citizens “for their invaluable assistance this weekend in our efforts to locate Mr. Smith.”

Police continue to investigate the disappearance and encourage anyone who may have seen Mr. Smith Friday afternoon to contact the Cayman Brac Police Station at 948-0331.

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