December 10, 2023

UPDATE: Cayman Islands Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Persons

From RCIPS Oct 4 2023

George Town, Cayman Islands – October 4, 2023 – The Cayman Islands Coast Guard has regrettably announced the suspension of its exhaustive search for two missing individuals. Despite traversing over 1000 miles and employing all available resources over a span of four days, the desired outcomes were not achieved.

The operation witnessed the combined efforts of the CI Coast Guard, RCIPS Air Operations Unit, The CI Fire Service, and the Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control. The team harnessed local weather service data and advanced SAR modelling software provided by our counterparts at the United States Coast Guard (USCG) District 7, Rescue Coordination Center, in Miami, FL.

A special thanks is owed to Evol Miller and Leanna Jackson for their exceptional contribution to the efforts. The dedication and commitment of everyone involved are commendable, especially considering the successful rescue of 8 out of the initial 10 reported missing persons on Saturday, 30th September 2023. The Cayman Islands Coast Guard is profoundly grateful to the broader community for their invaluable contribution and unwavering support during this operation.

Our thoughts and prayers remain steadfast with the missing individuals’ families, friends, and loved ones. Families are encouraged to contact CBC for further information regarding their loved ones at +1 (345) 949-4579 or E-mail: [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.

CICG Search and Rescue efforts stood down until Day Light – UPDATE

UPDATE: Oct 1 2023

UPDATE: Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation Transitions to Search and Recovery (SRR)

Following an extensive SAR operation conducted by RCIPS air assets and Coast Guard surface assets it has been decided to stand down rescue operations and transition to search and recovery. This is based on the known in-water survivability rate.

We would like to thank all members of the emergency response services, members of the community, and our partners at U.S Coast Guard Southeast, who have assisted with this SAR thus far.

Any further updates will be provided tomorrow morning.

From RCIPS 30th Sept 2023

The Cayman Islands Coast Guard can confirm that there is an ongoing maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operation currently taking place in Cayman Brac. This joint effort involves the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service – Air Operations Unit, Cayman Islands Fire Service, and Cayman Brac Customs & Border Control.

So far, the incredible dedication of responders and the support from the public with their boats has resulted in the successful recovery of 8 individuals. Special thank you to Evol Miller and Leanna Jackson for conducting a jet ski rescue of three individuals.

At this time, our search has been stood down due to the lack of light. We will resume at 5AM tomorrow to continue our efforts to locate and rescue 2 more persons who need assistance.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the courageous members of the public who have selflessly volunteered their boats to aid in this rescue operation. Your efforts have truly made a difference, and we appreciate your unwavering support.

We urge everyone to stay informed and follow official announcements regarding the ongoing search and rescue operation. If you have any information that could assist in locating the remaining individuals, please dial 9-1-1 or reach out to the relevant authorities as soon as possible.

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