The Latest: Americans still missing as sunset to end search looms
Acting Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard Ryan Alleyne shows search patterns on his phone to the media.
As of 5:03 pm, Sunday, June 30, 2019, members of the Barbados Coast Guard are still actively searching the waters around Barbados for missing Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil.
The New Jersey couple disappeared at sea on Monday, June 24, 2019, along with the jet ski which they had rented from an operator along the Holetown beach in St. James.
Speaking to Loop News ahead of the impending sunset, Acting Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard Ryan Alleyne said that boats are still out. He added that at present Coast Guard are searching the waters to the North West of Barbados. At 5:05 pm today, they were approximately 15 nautical miles off the island.
A small boat and a large boat from the local Coast Guard are still combing the area.
With sunset today slated for 6:38 pm, Alleyne confirmed that the search has not been called off by neighbouring agencies as yet either. He asserted that the Coast Guard of St. Lucia, Martinque and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are still checking along their coasts and around their islands.
This morning at around 10:23 am, the Minister of Tourism, Kerrie Symmonds reiterated that Barbados and the region have gone above and beyond literally and figuratively to try to find both Suarez and Devil.
He told the media:
“We have done everything that we can possibly do to ensure that a search went on well beyond what are determined to be the international best practices and normal time, in fact, perhaps twice as long as normally would take place.
“The family is here and they are being looked after at a hotel here in Barbados.
“But obviously the search cannot continue indefinitely. That they are American citizens and the United States of America recalled its plane, tells you that even back home, they have come to the recognition that there’s only so much that can possibly be done.”
The second 72-hour search window mandated by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley will see the 144-hour long search end at today’s sunset - 6:38 pm.
In regards to findings up to now, with the sunset looming, Alleyne said, “there are still no sightings.”