Cruise ship crew member missing in Cayman

| 28/03/2018 | 63 Comments
Cruise ship crew member missing in Cayman

Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez

(CNS): A 34-year-old Cuban woman working on a cruise ship that docked in Grand Cayman Tuesday was reported missing after she failed to re-board the ship before its departure from George Town later that day. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service were told about the missing woman yesterday (Tuesday 27 March) and are asking for the public’s help in tracking down Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez, who arrived here among the crew of the MSC Opera at 8:15am but was not on board when it sailed out of port at around 3:15pm.

There were just two ships in port Thursday, including the one Perez was working on, with a total of 5,846 passengers and crew on board both vessels.

In a release the police said they are conducting ongoing inquiries to find Perez, who has not made contact with authorities. She is about 5’11” and has blonde hair and black eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call George Town Police Station at  949-4222. Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They are in transit they don’t have to deal with immigration personally so it’s easy to slip on and off

  2. Elvis says:

    Check buttonwood bar

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Over board is always a possibility!

    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      Did you read the article? Failed to reboard the ship. She checked off the ship and through immigration but not back again. Overboard not n option. Either missing on Cayman intentionally or something very nasty has happened. Got to wonder why it’s taken a week for RCIPS ago let us know, but I guess the damage to the tourism industry and the desire to build a cruise dock means that no one wants to think about it being foul play.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Fred ,did you bother to read the article or did you read it but chose to post your biased and untrue comment anyway? The article clearly states that RCIPS was informed on Tuesday 27 March not a week ago .One week from 27 March will be 3 April .Guess you couldn’t help your biased self.

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    • Elvis roosevelt ebanks says:

      After she reached Cayman or before? Statistically, she is more likely to disappear in Cayman looking at recent history.

  4. Debbie does Dullards says:

    She is partying with friends. They are gonna take Cayman Air to Miami in a few days. No problem. She has family is Miami is a good bet. Clever way as any to safely get out of S…..Hole Cuba.

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    • Jotnar says:

      A theory based on what – that she is Cuban, cause all Cuban ladies are party animals trying to get out of Cuba, right? May have escaped your attention but she was already out of Cuba and had a full time job. And if she was looking to emigrate anywhere she was on a boat going to Europe and could have collected weeks wages en route. But your theory is that she jumped ship in Cayman and was is now going to get to Miami by air even though the police are looking for her and she would get stopped by Immigration, and is highly unlikely to have a US visa? Or maybe, just maybe, she got off for a day off the ship and something terrible happened to her in our wonderful island. Not the first woman to disappear here. But I guess that might be a tad uncomfortable for you to consider so let’s just come up with the party girl theory that fits your prejudices.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Speaking of prejudices … women disappear everywhere, including Cuba, the USA – even cruise ships.

      • Cecil says:

        Jotnar? Lets say she has a fake passport under another name. Lets say she is there to do business. Everything is on line now. She collects her info and gets her job done. She gets on a plane with her e ticket and no problem. You seem to think the police are busy looking for her. They could care less.
        She will slip out of the country like a morning cloud and no one will know. Cayman is a financial center and people need to be a little smarter.

        • Jotnar says:

          So rather than use her fake passport to just fly in direct from Havana and back out straight away she goes to all the effort to get a job on Opera using her real passport and leaving a paper trail ( oh maybe she has 2?) and sail here before using the fake to fly out having done her business here? I am not sure how she deals with the fact that immigration have no record of her arriving and she cannot give them the white slip that all visitors get and the airlines want before you board but no doubt you have a theory on that too. Yeah that makes sense – as you say we need to be a little smarter.

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          • Anon says:

            Jotnar? Bro she could meet a boat at night and take off and since we know she came on the ship she will not have a white slip of paper to show immigration if she goes out by air. They dont care. We fly in and out all the time and no one asks for white slips upon leaving. Get real.
            If she has another passport no problem. Further, hardly anyone reads Cayman News Service. Most people probably have never read nor thinking about a missing person. Who cares?

      • Anonymous says:

        Our Island took the hungry out of many. Cant even be grateful……

      • Anonymous says:

        It would be interesting to see how many women have disappeared without trace or found as a fatality, compared to other countries towns with a similar population.
        I currently live in a city of almost 400,00 which is relatively small …and virtually crime free. Nobody here can think of any females that have gone missing.

        I can think of Sabrina, Estelle, the lady at the dump just in the short time I was in cayman.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Yes but its a question of which other centres of population are nearby in Cayman’s case. Its got nothing to do with size rather to do with neighbours and history, and 2003.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Black Eyes. lol, is that what it says on her passport?

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  6. Anonymous says:

    How does one join the search party?

    – Who

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Have to love the ‘CaymaKind’ comments on here. Anywhere else there would be genuine concern for this lady, only in Cayman does nobody seem to care.

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    • Anon says:

      2:24 : it is highly unlikely any foul play here. Lady jumped ship got some reason.

      And cut the crap with the Caymankind. You are a racist or something?

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    • Anonymous says:

      What is she had a misadventure in the sea? Or someone caused her harm? Why aren’t people more concerned? That in itself is worrying.
      A week or so a young man went missing in Bermuda. The whole island was searching. The forums were full of mostly hopeful, kind comments. He was located and sadly he had fallen and had died from his fall.

  8. Gandalf Boddeb says:

    Worrying. Cayman does not have a good record when it comes to women going missing.

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  9. Judith says:

    I hope our crime has not escalated to the point where they are now targeting our cruise lines tourists. Hope she is found in good health.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Wait…who gave her the black eyes? Shouldn’t we be looking for them too?

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Check Kimpton Sea Fire Beach Bar

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  12. Anon says:

    I hope she is safe and is missing because she, do not want to be found, right now

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Did you check Cuba. Just a hunch

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  14. Anonymous says:

    According to the cruise’s current itinerary, it is on a 25 day cruise ending in Spain and then Italy so it seems weird she would jump ship here for immigration purposes

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Black eyes? Really?

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Same old, same old.. what’s new. Cayman is a stepping stone.?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. For everyone besides the local folk.

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    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      Yeah, because if you are employed by a cruise line making port all over the world you would jump ship in Cayman.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Hear Hear, this is not the place to freely cross borders and get lost in a population. a.) There should be genuine concern for a 34 yr old woman who goes missing (the comments here are harsh and uncalled for. b.)This should be circulated to the wider media. c) CNS will you please post follow up within 30 days? Thanks

  17. Anonymous says:

    And a certain person on Facebook talking crap already about “maybe she gone Miami.” I swear that person is racist toward Spanish women.

    Let’s just hope that this young lady turns up safe and sound.

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    • Anonymous says:

      That ‘person’ on Facebook is not a person – look and listen more closely – it behaves more like a wild animal yet to be domesticated.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    The vessel sailed with a crew member missing? Based on my brief maritime experience that doesn’t sound right. You should check everyone off and back on again before even considering pulling up the anchors.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe true of fishing trawlers, and merchant freighters with 10 crew…cruise ships of thousands leave passengers and crew behind all the time. You snooze, you loose….the show must go on.

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      • Debbie does Dullards says:

        True 3 40…..they leave when the time is up…..no joke……been there and saw that……

    • Anonymous says:

      Passengers miss cruise ship departure times all the time…and either fly home or fly to the next port where it would be possible to meet the ship

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      • Anonymous says:

        But not crew members because the vessel is legally responsible for ensuring their whereabouts.

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        • Fred the Piemaker says:

          Yeah, they are going to delay the holiday of thousands of passengers because one crew member doesn’t make it back on time – right. Suspect its in their contracts of employment if they go ashore and don’t make cut off time they are on their own.

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        • Bigamist Ebanks says:

          I love the uninformed preaching to others of the misguided. The onus is on the crew member to get themselves to the next port to meet the ship, not the other way round. They are not wrapped in cotton wool and looked after in an entitled society.

  19. Anonymous says:

    From Cuba. Got off here. Went (intentionally?) missing. Surprised anyone?

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Check West Bay.

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