Two bodies found in boat off LC coast

| 25/08/2015 | 29 Comments
Cayman News Service

RCIPS Marine Unit (file photo)

(CNS) Updated: The RCIPS has towed a boat containing two male bodies to Cayman Brac after the police Marine Unit came across the vessel today while on patrol around the Sister Islands. A police spokesperson said the 28ft canoe was found adrift at around 11:45am Tuesday (25 August) about 13 miles southwest of Little Cayman with the two dead men on board. CID and uniform officers are said to be investigating and scenes of crime officers from Grand Cayman were taken to the scene by the police helicopter.

Police have not yet revealed any further details regarding the suspected cause of death or if the boat and the dead crew are from the Cayman Islands or elsewhere. There was no indication regarding any drugs or other contraband that may also have been on board.

It is not clear if police suspect any connection to the discovery of ten packets of ganja found at see this weekend near Twelve Mile Bank.

An RCIPS spokesperson said CID details would be released shortly.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Would be good if RCIPS could tell us more? In most other places this would be a big story, with police lining up to tell how it is. To me there is a lot more transparency in such an approach.

  2. Weatherman says:

    Hi CNS a tropical storm is out. I’m a weather junkie and it would be good to highlight it. Erika because travel to Florida could be affected.

    CNS: We’ll get to it. Promise.

    • Invest 69L says:

      You are a weather troll. Real weather junkies go to the comments section on Dr. Masters’ blog for their info.

      PS Erika ain’t coming.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps they went to rob the 12 Mile Bank?

    • Cass says:

      Heard they found drugs on board but haven’t reported it. Seems they got lost on their way to a “drop” off point and well….died probably of starvation and dehydration.

    • Anonymous says:

      Appreciate the humour even though it is sad for the families of the deceased.

  4. Dimple says:

    Get your facts before commenting George, it is a Jamaican canoe with a nice Yamaha so very unlikely it is Cubans.. Respect still!!

  5. nauticalone says:

    Thanks CNS for rebutting rubbish and doing so much to move our Cayman Islands in to the 21st century.

  6. Knowledge says:

    Hello, sorry but it wasn’t Cubans. Please read “canoe”! This was a smuggling operation that went wrong, as most do.
    Whether it was drugs, guns or criminals being smuggled remains to be seen.
    More than likely either headed to or coming from Pickle Bank, which is a known transshipment point.
    I have no sympathy for these people because they live off the misery of others.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Poor souls.. RIP

  8. Most likely Cuban boat people. There are many of them resting at the bottom of the sea bed. Some near our own shores no doubt.
    But if it were indeed Cuban boat people and they had even reached our shores asking for help and assistance; we could not dare do so!
    I wonder where is the ever vigilant Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission on this; after all they are charged with “promoting, protecting and preserving human rights”!

    CNS: Yes, you could assume that the recent letter to the premier is the only thing the HRC has ever done, or you could make the effort to go to the website and see what reports they have made and what they have actually written. Here’s the link

    Scroll down to “Topics of Interest” and then scroll down to Report on Cuban Migrants: A Review of Policy, Legislation, and Practice.

    Also 1) It seems unlikely these were Cubans if there were just two in the boat. 2) Cuban migrants are given help if they ask for it.

    • Anonymous says:

      CNS, it is very telling that public is not aware of anything else. This is the first time we have seen such an uproar from the Chairman of the HRC over any human rights issue.

      CNS: Yes, it is very telling. The HRC has been quite bold and has not shied away from controversy and the media has reported on it. The thing that is different here – the “uproar” as you put it – is not that the HRC has stepped up to the plate to do what it is mandated to do, which is to point out human rights abuses, it is that people like yourself have reacted so strongly against it. So, what it tells me is that most people don’t really care about the human rights of others and generally just gloss over the articles. I hope that now you will take the time to thoroughly read the HRC website so you can get a better perspective of what they do. Then, perhaps, you could give us your feedback.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cubans don’t normally travel in a 28 ft canoe. Suspect this type of vessel may belong to someone else.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr. Ebanks, please stop already, just breathe, you’re going to give yourself a heart attack. I hope you’re putting as much effort into helping people as you are with all your comments on this site. No disrespect intended.

    • The HRC needs to go to some Geography classes though. The Cayman people are not ready for same sex unions and LGBTI rights.
      Very conservative and God fearing people live here.
      Perhaps in 100 years from now.

      • Anonymous says:

        And far too many bigoted old dinosaurs who hide their vile discrimination behind religion. I give it two years or Cayman will face huge law suits it just cannot afford.

      • Anonymous says:

        George, your comments about Cayman not being ready sounds a lot like white Southerners refusing to accept freed blacks as an equal member of Southern society. You might call that bigotry but it sounds the same as your narrow minded drivel. The recent uproar about the Confederate flag being a part of the South’s “heritage” also mirrors your talk of Cayman’s “heritage” of being anti-gay.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am ready and so are hundreds of Caymanians I know. George – please try to gain some education otherwise that from a hate-spewing pulpit. Ask yourself, what would Jesus do?

        • Flock of Seagulls says:

          No one in Christendom actually has the slightest idea what Jesus would do. Except for a few scholars who can actually read Aramaic.

      • Anonymous says:

        A sane, rational reader with knowledge of our history and geography would surely conclude that a 28 ft canoe with two persons on board was “most likely” either fishermen or drug runners from Jamaica, not a Cuban refugee vessel. Turning this regrettable incident into a rant about LGBTI rights and the Human Rights Commission should be cause for self-reflection.


      • Anonymous says:

        People shouldn’t have to wait until you are “ready” in order to enjoy equal rights. If you aren’t ready then what are you doing to GET ready?

      • Emily says:

        Some of those same God fearing people (men) don’t hesitate to sexually abuse their stepdaughter. What this has to do with the price of rice on China? I thought we were commenting on a canoe with two corpses, so how LGBT Rights got into this? Stop hating! whatever grown up wants to do behind closed doors, shouldn’t be anybody’s business!

    • Anonymous says:

      George….when last did you hear of Cuban boat people arriving on a 28ft canoe?

    • Anonymous says:

      28ft canoe should tell you that it’s not Cuban.

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