Despite extensive search, fishermen still missing

By Monique Washington

Two men who reportedly went on a fishing trip last weekend are still missing despite the Coast Guard’s search operation this past week.

According to a police report, Vernon Pemberton of New Road was last seen by members of his family Sunday, June 3, sometime after midday. He had indicated that he was going out to sea to fish with Hayden Langley of Buckleys. Neither have been seen since. On Tuesday, they were reported to the police as missing.

The Observer was informed that the two men were last seen on Motor Vessel V4-537-BW, which is owned by Pemberton.

“On Tuesday, the organization conducted a day-long search exercise that included three search operations: one south of Nevis and two near Redonda down to the St. Eustatius channel,” read a police statement.

“The Coast Guard has also asked for assistance from within the region. As a result of that request, two fly-over searches were done by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre based in Martinique. The neighbouring Dutch islands have also planned fly-over exercises for this week. Notification of the situation was sent to the Department of Maritime Affairs, as well. That entity has asked vessels passing through the identified areas to look out for debris, a submerged vessel or [people] in distress. If anything is found in relation to the case, they have been asked to report it immediately.”

Police investigations into the matter continue.