Police on Tuesday released the names of the six persons who have been missing at sea since Sunday and noted that contrary to social media reports, no part of the vessel, debris or any of the missing persons has been found.
The Police Public Relations Department said in a statement that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard was continuing its search for the missing vessel and the six persons, who encountered difficulties while travelling from Canouan to Mustique close to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The vessel — “Midnight Shadow”, which a cigarette-type, dark blue (inside and out) speedboat outfitted with one 200-horsepower Yamaha outboard engine — was captained by Montgomery Hazel, 56, of Chauncey.
The other persons on board were Claudia Williams, 43, place of aboard unknown; Ned Da Souza, 46, Charmaine Da Souza, 38, and Sharon Simmons, 43, of Richland Park; and Josianne John, age unknown, of Murray’s Village.
The Da Souzas are said to be a married couple.
Police said: “On Sunday, June 4th, 2017, about 5:52p.m., the Coast Guard received information from the Mustique Company Limited Security that the Midnight Shadow was in distress, however, the location of the vessel was unknown.
“The Coast Guard activated its search and rescue plans and since the search commenced a wide search area has been conducted between Mustique and Canouan.
“The Coast Guard in its search has been assisted with aerial support from the Regional Security System, Mustique Airways and Mr. Kelly Glass. The Coast Guard has also reached out to its regional counterparts for assistance. A contingent from Curacao will also be joining the search, today (Tuesday)…
“The Commissioner of Police and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force join the nation in praying for the missing persons.”