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Search continues for missing Brac diver

Still no sign of missing diver Linvol Smith as land and water-based searches resumed today (20 May.)

According to RCIPS early this morning on Cayman Brac by police, fire, customs and DOE officers, as well as the CERT team, continued their search for  Mr. Smith.

Missing diver Linvol Smith, 54, who disappeared on Friday (18 May.)

The 54-year-old Cayman Brac resident went missing Friday (18 May.) He told friends he was going diving around midday when he did not turn up for work yesterday (19 May) they reported him missing to police.

His van was found yesterday.

This morning six members of the newly-formed RCIPS Dive Team deployed to Cayman Brac to conduct dives to search for Mr. Smith.

Police say the Dive Team was briefed and began water searches early this afternoon.  The Brac Scuba Shack provided the team with tanks and emergency equipment free of charge.

Police say thunderstorms and poor weather have prevented the RCIPS helicopter from deploying to the Brac to assist with searches.

“The weather is being closely monitored, and the crew will deploy if able to do so,” a police media statement said.

Brad Ebanks, Acting Superintendent of Specialist Operations, stressed,  “We are using all available resources at the moment to find Mr. Smith, and thorough searches have been carried out today and yesterday despite very poor weather conditions.”

He added, the thoroughness of these searches “would not be possible without the private boat owners, divers, snorkelers, dive shop owners and other private citizens who have responded to this emergency with us and our first responder colleagues.”

 

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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