Update: Relatives of missing American visitors in Barbados
(L-R) Ninfa Urrutia is Oscar's mum and Susanna Cruz is his sister along with Antoine Devil (dad of Magdelena) and Eric Pierre, her cousin.
[Update: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 26, 2019]
An all out effort has been launched by The Barbados Coast Guard and Royal Barbados Police Force, along with aerial support from the air wing of the Regional Security System to find and rescue missing US citizens - 32-year-old Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil, 25 years old.
At a joint press conference this afternoon at Police Headquarters, Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard, Lieutenant Commander Ryan Alleyne who is leading the search and rescue effort told reporters and members of the two families that interest in the Eastern Caribbean, including the St Vincent and Grenadines Coast Guard Service and St Lucia Coast Guard, were on the look out.
Search still on for American visitors, missing at sea
[Original story: 9:30 am, Wednesday, June 26, 2019]
Two Americans visiting Barbados have been reported missing after they set off for a jet ski ride earlier this week.
They are Oscar Suarez, 32 years and Magdalena Devil, 25 years, of the USA who were staying in Room 49, Discovery Bay Hotel, Trents, St. James.
They arrived in Barbados on Saturday, June 22 from the United States of America and on Monday, June 24 about 2:34 pm they rented a jet ski from an operator at Holetown Beach and proceeded out to sea. At the time they were both wearing life jackets.
About 2:55 pm after they did not return, the operator became worried and contacted other operators in the area to carry out a search but they were not sighted. The matter was then reported to the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The Police Marine Unit and the Barbados Coast Guard conducted a search of the area extending as far as the Bridgetown Port but were unable to locate either the couple or the jet ski. A check with the management of the Discovery Bay Hotel was made and it revealed that neither guest had returned to the hotel.
Their departure date was originally set for Saturday, June 29.
Up to 10 pm on Tuesday, June 25, police said there had been no sightings of either Suarez, Devil or the jet ski. The search was conducted by the Marine Unit of the Force and the Barbados Coast Guard with aerial support from the Regional Security System. Local fishermen and other shipping vessels have been placed on alert.
Anyone with information relative to the whereabouts of Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil is asked to contact the Emergency number 211, Holetown Police Station at 419-1700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477), or the nearest Police Station.