Cayman 27 – ARCHIVE

Search for missing boaters

Five people, including two children aged just nine and eleven, missing at sea for more than 24 hours.

On Monday (7 March) police find an overturned boat, but nobody on board.

As the search continues, the families of the five resort to prayer, in the hope of seeing their loved ones again.

“An 11 year old. And a 9 year old. My babies,” said Imron Brown.

“What is so complicated for you to go out and try to find them. You’re supposed to be saving lives. What is the queen paying you for. To do what? To come to work and do nothing. And my babies are out there.”

Thoughts echoed by the niece of Gary Mullings, also missing on the boat.

Benicia Mullings said: “It does not bring me any comfort to know when night falls the RCIPS is not able to assist us, until daybreak.”

A spokeswoman for the RCIPS said: “The air support unit determined that a search and rescue could not be undertaken across this wide area in the middle of the night with only one pilot available, and that to do so would endanger both pilot and crew.

“The joint marine unit also assessed that due to rough seas and no air support, police marine vessels could not be deployed until the morning.”

The other two men missing have been named locally as Nicholas Watler and Edsell Haylock. Police also said they have been told there were no life vests on board the boat.

About the author

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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