Tuesday 20 August, 2019

WATCH: Tourism Minister recommits to 144-hour search for US visitors

(L-R) Col. Glyne Grannum along with the Tourism Minister Kerrie Symmonds and the Acting Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard Ryan Alleyne as they updated the world on the missing US visitors.

(L-R) Col. Glyne Grannum along with the Tourism Minister Kerrie Symmonds and the Acting Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard Ryan Alleyne as they updated the world on the missing US visitors.

The government of Barbados reiterates its promise to execute a full six-day search for the U.S visitors who went missing at sea off the coast of Holetown, Barbados on Monday, June 24, 2019.

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In the face of gossip and unfounded rumours surrounding the disappearance of Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil, both of New Jersey, U.S.A, the Barbados Minister of Tourism, Kerrie Symmonds today, Saturday, June 29, met with the heads of the Barbados Defence Force Col. Glyne Grannum and the Acting Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard Ryan Alleyne along with the close relatives of both missing visitors in a closed-door meeting.

Then he briefed the media afterwards. The meeting and press conference were conducted at the Prime Minister's Offices in Bay Street, St. Michael.

The Minister called on Barbadians and others to refrain from "speculating" about the situation. He said that the family members are going through a very trying and unfortunate time, and he urged Barbadians to be empathetic and sympathetic because the search for Suarez and Devil are continuing.

 

The standard time frame for searching for persons missing at sea is 72 hours, however, yesterday Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley took the decision to extend the exhaustive search for a further 72 hours. With the end of the second 72-hour search window set for 6:30 pm tomorrow, Sunday, June 30, 2019, the search has been widened and the United States are involved as well now.

 

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