(CMR) The rough sea conditions are being described as part of the reason why the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is calling off its search to locate a man who is alleged to have jumped overboard a vessel on Tuesday (November 24).
According to the RCIPS, in a release on Thursday, the search is no longer a rescue operation but a “recovery operation”.
“Due to the elapsed time over the past 30 hours, rough sea conditions, sea current patterns and water temperature being experienced across the Cayman Islands, unfortunately, the search and rescue operation has transitioned into a search and recovery operation as of this morning Thursday,” read a release from the RCIPS.
The RCIPS revealed that the Office of the Ombudsman has been engaged in relation to the matter, noting that the office is “investigating a potentially involving the serious harm of a member of the public who had been in recent contact with the RCIPS”.
CMR originally reported that just before 11:30 p.m. on November 24, officers from the Cayman Islands Coast Guard while on border patrol came upon a suspicious vessel approximately two (2) nautical miles off the coast of East End.
Upon approach by the CG patrol vessel, two of the occupants jumped overboard and into the water, taking packages with them.