Search Ends For Missing Boaters

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has called off the search for boaters who went missing during an incident last weekend.

Commander William Sturrup, the RBDF’s search and rescue coordinator, said: “After some four days of canvassing an expansive area of waters around Chub Cay, and the Berry Islands, and based on wind and tide models, we have suspended search and rescue operations for the five persons reported missing at sea last weekend.”

He said “there were no signs of life or wreckage found during the helo overflights or vessel patrols in that area.”

He added that the RBDF is grateful to its interagency partners and the United States Coast Guard for its support in this search.

The missing boaters were passengers aboard a 27ft vessel that capsized on September 12 in waters south of Chub Cay.

Twelve migrants, said to be a mix of Jamaicans and Haitians, were subsequently rescued and search efforts were conducted to find the remaining persons without success, the RBDF said.


DDK 1 month, 1 week ago

Too sad. Interesting term that, "boaters".


Clamshell 1 month, 1 week ago

I blinked on that, too. “Boaters”? Uh ... no. RIP, tho.


pablojay 1 month, 1 week ago

When i saw "boaters", initially i was wondering how the weather was when they went fishing ........ then i read the rest of the story. The Tribune used to be so great years ago,what happened?


joeblow 1 month, 1 week ago

This simply means civilians should be mobilized again to aid in search and rescue. They succeeded where the RBDF failed with the missing pilot!


bogart 1 month, 1 week ago

Thank you interagency partners and Uncle Sam.


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