From the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force
BASSETERRE – The St. Kitts-Nevis Coast Guard continues to search during their routine patrols for two men feared lost at sea.
To date, several search operations at sea and by air have not resulted in any signs of the men or the vessel it is believed they went fishing in. The last large-scale search operation conducted by the Coast Guard was June 14, when a 290-nautical mile creeping line search pattern was used. This method systematically determines where an object might have drifted based on the current. The officers of the Coast Guard searched from East of Nevis to South of Saba.
The Coast Guard has been partnering with the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force to try to find the men who were last seen by members of their family June 3. They were reported missing to the police June 5. According to the report made to the police, Vernon Pemberton of New Road had indicated that he was going out to sea to fish with Hayden Langley of Buckleys. Neither have been seen since.
The Coast Guard has committed to continue conducting searches during their routine patrols for as long as they can. The officers had also conducted operations south of Nevis and near Redonda down to the St. Eustatius channel.
The Coast Guard has received assistance from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre based in Martinique and the neighbouring Dutch islands with fly-over searches. The Department of Maritime Affairs has also played its part and asked vessels passing through the identified areas to look out for debris, a submerged vessel or people in distress.
Police investigations into the matter are also continuing. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of these two men, they are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Department at the Basseterre Police Station by dialing 465-2241 or the nearest police station.