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Police response to missing boaters to face independent review

Police Commissioner David Baines has requested that Governor Helen Kilpatrick set up an independent review of the RCIPS response to the reports of five people missing at sea.

Mr. Baines’ request was made after the public raised concerns into the police response.

In a press release Thursday evening, Mr Baines said, “In order to be transparent about the RCIPS decisions and actions, there should be an independent and complete review of all the circumstances from the first report, to deployment and actions thereafter.”

The same press release quoted the Governor as saying, “I welcome the request from the Commissioner of the Police for an independent review of the RCIPS response to this tragic incident. All our thoughts are with the families of those who are missing. A suitably qualified person will be appointed to lead this review and to report to me on its outcome. I intend to make the report public in due course.”

Meanwhile, as the time passes, hopes of finding the missing five fade.

It’s been four days now since Edsell Haylock, Garry Mullings, Nicholas Watler and two young boys set off on their ill-fated fishing trip.

Since that day emotions have ran high, fingers of blame have been pointed in numerous directions.

But still the five remain, lost at sea.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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