RBDF suspends search for missing boaters

RBDF suspends search for missing boaters

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has called off the search for an overdue craft that was reported missing earlier in the week.

Commander William Sturrup, the force’s search and rescue coordinator, said: “After some four days of canvassing an expansive area of waters around Bimini, the Berry Islands, Grand Bahama and the Florida Straits as far north as Cape Carnaval, by members of the United States Coast Guard and BASRA, search and rescue operations for the vessel and occupants have been suspended.

“If there is a new development in the case, we will resume search efforts. The defense force is grateful to interagency partners for their support in this activity and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains poised to keeping Bahamian waters safe.”

According to the RBDF, the occupants were passengers aboard a 29-foot Mako vessel that departed Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Monday, December 28, 2020, with eight to 10 occupants.

It was reportedly last seen leaving Bimini the following day, en route to Florida, USA.