Update (14 October, 4:45PM):
Cayman Islands Coast Guard can now confirm the identity of the man who went missing from a boat in the North Sound on Monday, 11 October, whose body was recovered yesterday, Wednesday, 13 October.
He is Kasun Tharuka Madushanka Fernando, 32 years old, a Sri Lankan national, residing in Cayman.
The CICG and RCIPS express condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Update (14 October, 10:20AM):
The Cayman Islands Coast Guard confirmed yesterday, midday, 13 October, that the search for the man who went missing from a vessel in the North Sound on Monday evening, 11 October, was concluded. A body was detected at 11.30am, SW of Barkers Cay, and was recovered from the ocean shortly after 11.45am.
Efforts are currently underway to confirm the identity with next of kin this morning.
The CICG and RCIPS would like to thank the members of the public that supported the search and rescue efforts.
Update (13 October):
As of 6:00AM today, 13 October, the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, along with members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Dive Team, Cayman Islands Fire Service, Port Authority Cayman Islands, and other members of the community, resumed searching for the man who went missing from a vessel in the North Sound on Monday evening, 11 October.
The searches today involve more persons in the water supported by vessels, and utilising an extended line search technique which involves snorkelers conducting checks of the ocean floor in search of any items relating to the missing man. The search commenced at Starfish Point and has proceeded in a westward direction towards Governor’s Creek, after which it will resume in the opposite direction, from Governor’s Creek towards Starfish Point.
“The search technique being employed is one that is slow and methodical,” says Commander Robert Scotland. “As such, we are asking persons using the North Sound, who are not involved in the search, to exercise caution as there are swimmers and divers in the water.”
Initial Release (12 October):
Shortly before 7:30PM yesterday, 11 October, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre received a report of a man overboard from a vessel in the North Sound. Units from the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, as well as RCIPS ground and air units and the Cayman Islands Fire Service, responded to the report and conducted an extensive search of the North Sound based on information on where the man was last seen. However, as of 11:30PM, there was no sighting of the missing man.
The Coast Guard resumed the search at 6:00AM today, 12 October, with continued assistance from the RCIPS Air Operations Unit and the CIFS. In addition, the assistance of private vessels equipped with Marine VHF radios has been requested, and a number of private vessels have joined the search.
The search and rescue operation remains ongoing, and is being coordinated on Marine VHF Channel 24. Vessels wishing to assist should contact the Coast Guard Operations & Rescue Coordination Centre (ORCC) on either VHF 24 or at 649-6722. The ORCC call sign is Coast Guard Base.
Further updates will follow.