UPDATE: 4:30pm Tuesday, 12 Oct.
The Cayman Islands Coast Guard has called off the search for the day for a missing man who reportedly fell overboard in the North Sound on Monday night.
While speaking to members of the media, shortly after 4:20pm, Coast Guard Commander Robert Scotland explained the decision to end Tuesday’s search.
“They are standing down for the day,” said Scotland. “The crew has been out since last night and then they came back this morning, so the vessels need to go through maintenance, the crews need to rest.”
The identity of the man has not been released.
Scotland said the Sri Lankan national was on the party boat Tortuga Monday night when he fell overboard around 7:30pm.
He said searches were conducted overnight and resumed again at first light on Tuesday morning.
Roughly 15 vessels heeded the Coast Guard’s call for assistance with the search-and-rescue efforts on Tuesday, but there was no sign of the missing man.
The search, Scotland said, will now move from one of search and rescue to search and recovery.
That search is expected to resume at 5am Wednesday.
A search is under way in the North Sound for a missing man who reportedly fell overboard from a vessel Monday night.
The Coast Guard, in a social media post Tuesday morning, appealed for boaters to assist in the search, but asked that they be careful as they comb the area.
“All vessels [traversing] in the North Sound, from Starfish Point to Governors Harbour, please proceed with caution as there is a man overboard. We ask for all vessels to be vigilant and proceed this area with caution,” the post stated.
A police statement, issued Tuesday morning, said shortly before 7:30pm yesterday, 911 received the report of the man going overboard from a vessel in the North Sound.
“Units from the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, as well as RCIPS ground and air units and the Cayman Islands Fire Service, responded and conducted an extensive search of the North Sound based on information on where the man was last seen,” the statement said.
However, as of 11:30pm, there was no sighting of the missing man.
At 6am Tuesday, the Coast Guard resumed the search with continued assistance from the RCIPS Air Operations Unit and the CIFS.
A number of private vessels joined the search and an appeal for private vessels equipped with VHF (very high frequency) marine radios has been made.
The search and rescue operation is being coordinated on marine VHF channel 24.
At present, five boats are involved in the search effort; however, the Coast Guard is appealing for more support to help find the man.
Anyone interested in joining the search can contact the Cayman Islands Coast Guard Operations & Rescue Coordination Center (ORCC) on either VHF 24 or at 649-6722 or 936-6722. The ORCC call sign is Coast Guard Base.