DEVELOPING MONTCLAIR NJ: Jet Ski Belonging to Missing Montclair Couple Recovered Near Guadeloupe
A jet ski that believed to belong to a couple that went missing while vacationing in Barbados was found about 250 miles away out to sea near Guadeloupe.
According to Barbados journal NationNews.com, early this afternoon, officials from the French Navy reported to their counterparts at the Barbados Coast Guard that a jet ski bearing the registration number of the one that went missing on June 24, with two American tourists aboard, was spotted off the coast of Guadeloupe.
French officials said authorities there were no sightings of the couple, Oscar Suarez, 32, or Magdalena Devil, 25.
According to Barbados NationNews.com, the dispatch from the French authorities to the Barbados Coast Guard said in part:
“Be informed that this Saturday, July 6, at 1645Z, the French navy ship Ventôse has localized the jet ski registered 162H, in position 15°53.82N - 061°40.43W. This is in Guadeloupe, between les Saintes islands and Guadeloupe (see map), 305°/Pointe à Vache/2.7 NM”.
”It seems to be the jet ski involved in your search and rescue operation, concerning two US citizens”.
“Can you confirm this is the missing jet ski? “We have tasked (a) French rescue boat to recover it and tow it.”
Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds have been informed of the discovery and local authorities will make immediate contact with the families to inform them of the development Barbados NationNews.com said.
Last Monday Prime Minister Mottley met with the families of the missing couple at Ilaro Court and expressed regret at the unfortunate events and invited them to return to this island anytime over the next year at Government’s expense, if it would assist them in bringing closure to the matter.
Meanwhile, police investigations into the disappearance continue NationNews.com said.
JET SKI IMAGE CREDIT: French National Guard