Search for duo missing at sea

by: Barbara Walkin, FN Night Editor - Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As BASRA officials, Defence Force and police officers continue to search for two men who went missing at sea over the weekend, family members remain hopeful.


This daily learned on Sunday (April 23) that Peter Thomas and Leroy Mather left McLean’s Town en route to Moore’s Island on Friday, April 21; however, the men, reportedly, never arrived at their destination.


After learning that their loved ones never made it to Moore’s Island, family members in Grand Bahama launched a search at sea for the duo.


Yesterday, The Freeport News contacted Gary Simmons, BASRA’s Search and Rescue Leader, who confirmed that a search was underway for the two men.


“We received reports that they went missing on Friday, April 21 and the search is still continuing,” he added.


Simmons noted that several aircraft  have been involved in an aerial search since the report was made, “including two BASRA aircraft that were up today (Tuesday, April 25), one Defence Force craft that was up on Monday, and prior days we’ve had four aircraft up.”


However, he noted that bad weather and visibility hampered the search, “and the search crew was unable to locate the vessel itself or anybody.


“But as of 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m.) today, the vessel was located and there are vessels on the scene investigating.


“We have not found or they haven’t acknowledged anyone being found as yet, but the search will continue with this new information.”


Simmons said that the vessel was discovered not far away from the original position information provided by the family.


“We found the stuff that came out of the vessel – the fuel tank, various items that were being carried. The family is on scene right now with the boat and we should have a report when they return to land – whether anything was found.”


Simmons said that officers from the Defence Force were searching the immediate area, as this daily was conducting the interview.


Published  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 

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