(CMR) The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) has now confirmed CMR's reports that 10 migrants wearing monitoring devices went missing in the early hours of Monday morning.
CBC said that the electronic monitoring devices that monitored the 10 migrants all lost connection at sea, and as a result, CBC has been unable to verify their current whereabouts.
The CBC carried out investigations following reports from the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) in keeping with established protocols,
The electronic monitoring technology and operating procedures utilized by the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) have been confirmed to be working effectively according to an ongoing inquiry following the incident.
Unofficial CMR sources indicated these migrants are out on high seas heading to Mexico.
The DPSC extended the Electronic Monitoring of Offenders Programme to Customs and Border Control, enabling them to use the wearable tracking technology to monitor the Cuban nationals.
CBC would like to assure the public that the migrants are not prisoners and have no restrictions in moving about on the island.
The organization is currently working with partner agencies, including, the RCIPS the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, and DPSC, to investigate the incident and locate the migrants. The DPSC is compiling a comprehensive report which will include information extracted from their automated systems to assist the CBC and RCIPS with their ongoing investigation into this matter.
These persons' welfare and safety is of paramount concern, and anyone with information is urged to contact the confidential information hotline at 1-800-534-2546 or email [email protected].