Search ends for Brac man missing at sea

| 21/05/2018 | 17 Comments
Cayman News Service

Linvol Smith

(CNS): Following a third day of land and sea searches around the West End of Cayman Brac for Linvol Smith, who has not been seen since last Friday, police have said they will not be searching tomorrow (Tuesday), saying they do not believe continued searches would be successful. Smith was last seen around midday on 18 May, when he indicated to friends he was going snorkelling or swimming, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said Monday evening, correcting earlier releases that said he had gone diving.

The police were alerted to the fact that Smith might be missing on Saturday after he did not show up for work. They searched the vicinity of Scotts Dock, on the northwest of the Brac, and found some clothing where it is suspected that Smith went into the water. His colleagues had previously found the front-end loader he was driving not far away.

Officers from the RCIPS, the Cayman Islands Fire Service, the Department of Environment and the Customs Department as well as several private citizens searched on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Carib Sands on the southwest of the island to Scotts Dock. The searches were conducted on land and scuba diving in shallow waters.

The police said that on Sunday afternoon six members of the newly-formed RCIPS Dive Team, who had been deployed to Cayman Brac, searched in deeper water than had previously been covered to the west of the believed point of entry. On Monday they searched in deeper waters to the east of that point. The Brac Scuba Shack provided the team with dive tanks and emergency equipment free of charge.

Cayman News Service

RCIPS Dive Team on board a Fire Service vessel on Cayman Brac, with Fire Officer Robin Walton (3rd from left)

However, thunderstorms and poor weather prevented the RCIPS helicopter from going to the Brac to help, police said.

The RCIPS announced Monday night that the search has now been called off.

“We believe that we have searched as completely as possible in the location, especially given current weather conditions,” said Acting Superintendent Brad Ebanks, Head of Specialist Support Operations.

“Our officers report that the undertow is carrying them to the wall at present. Given these conditions, we must reluctantly admit that further underwater searches are unlikely to be successful and we have concluded these efforts. Our thoughts are with Mr Smith’s family at this time,” he added.

Cayman Brac police officers are continuing to conduct inquiries in this matter and anyone who may have seen Smith on Friday afternoon is urged to call the Cayman Brac Police Station at 948-0331 right away.

“The RCIPS wishes to thank the CIFS, DOE, Customs, the Brac Scuba Shack, private boat owners, local businesses, and private citizens for their invaluable assistance this weekend in our efforts to locate Mr Smith,” a police spokesperson said.

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  1. Seprico says:

    Sshhhhh don’t waste your breath my friend, that’s just how they see it with everything here only them landed on this uncivilized rock and made it happen. Did the very same thing with other units in the RCIPS like JIU where there were officers working with customs immigration DOE and other agencies long before they set foot on these shores. But they love reinventing the wheel and put their name on it and placing it prominently on their resumes as a list of their accomplishments without any regard for others. They go as far selling themselves as Pioneers solely for economic benefit too. But that’s our Colonial power at its finest. Problems is if you cant dazzle them with brilliance you baffle them with bullshit and they all got longhorns but small and short balls, and little stomach for the real stuff. They always resort to brute force and destructive tactics and policies and agenda’s by their proxies or minions to accomplish these goals. Have a good look at the RCIPS incompetence and ineptness yet the recolonization of Cayman law enforcement is complete.

  2. Shhhhhhhhhh. says:

    CNS, I fail to understand this part of your article – “The police said that on Sunday afternoon six members of the newly-formed RCIPS Dive Team, who had been deployed to Cayman Brac,” As far as I recall, the Marine Unit has had a dive team for a very long time. Who has been recovering the bodies of drowned persons off Pedro Bluff for example? I do recall you mentioning a Marine Unit dive team on several occasions over the years, so your report is quite inaccurate in that matter. I don’t think it was Neptune himself doing such good deeds!

    CNS: It was taken directly from the RCIPS press releases, which you can read yourself on their website here.

    • Shhhhhhhhhh. says:

      CNS, I hear you, but you must have realised that that statement is inaccurate, so why publish such a misrepresentation of fact? I am forced to ask the question – is this another case of someone high up in the ranks claiming credit for creating something that already exists or, was destroyed and then ressurected to decorate somebody’s resume? We have seen it before! You are forgiven CNS for quoting a liar in RCIP beaurocracy! LOL.

      CNS: Sorry, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to clarify every detail, especially when the police contact is also really busy and the detail is not immediately imperative. It seemed on this occasion that it was much more important to give an update on the search. Perhaps send a question to Auntie to clarify.

      • Co Worker says:

        Because they are British bro and we ain’t nuttin round this place you just don’t get it!!!

  3. Anon says:

    See here 350. We live in GC and fully aware of what shoddy police work goes on here. Not like UK where every Bobbie does a proper investigation on these criminal blokes. 350? Do you think the investigative process on your overturned expensive fire truck was handled properly? Did those guys get any time for restitution? Nothing happened. It was negligence on their part and so just a slap on the wrist?
    More extensive investigation needs to happen here in your Islands and now.
    Criminals will take over if you do not stop them. A small thing like a missing person can be a bigger story. I hope your criminals do not get a grip on you. The story of drugs and other crimes is a messy business. Think about it and stop the denial. Start telling police about your white collar crimes and your friends and family members that are involved.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I know that Mr. Smith had a checkered past, but has tried his best to clean up his act, including holding down his job at Scott Development for the past several years. Although this situation looks dim at this present time, I am hoping for the best. Linvol, I am keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.

  5. Anonymous says:

    RIP. The sea is an unforgiving and relentless force.

  6. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    Rest in peace, Linval. He always had a huge heart and a smile.

  7. Anon says:

    Who said that he entered the sea alone? Did you see him go in? You would never be a candidate for the Scotland Yard. Could we just wait and see what the RCIP conclusion is on this missing person case.

    • Anonymous says:

      Get a grip 1.35pm!! He told someone he was going diving. He did not say he was being accompanied. Has anyone else been reported missing the same time?? ……!! Has his alleged “buddy” come home and said what’s happened to him?.,…….no!!
      I’m fully aware that one should never assume, but his vehicle and clothing were found abandoned to where he allegedly was going to dive.
      I, and am sure his family and everyone that knew him are hoping that he will be found alive and well. We can only pray that this will be the case. His family are in everyone’s prayers at this time.

  8. Think before you speak says:

    Linval was a very happy go lucky guy. Always a smile and always friendly. I met him in Little Cayman. I am so sorry that he has gone missing in such an awful manner.

    I do believe the Police and other agencies have done their best in searching for Linval. It is just really too bad that they could not find him even if it was a body to give his family closure. My sincere condolences to his friends and family. God give you strength to deal with this awful situation.

  9. Underground Police says:

    8 56? When you say ……rest in the deep, you assume that he had drowned. That has not been determined. Is it possible he is visiting a friend somewhere and might yet show up? Is it possible he went off the island in another fishing boat? Everyone will need to wait and see. Time may tell whether this is crime related or if just an unsolved mystery where he was washed out to sea?

  10. Bossman says:

    For the benefit of those who did not know Linval Smith he was a former police officer who was attached to the old Marine unit before he moved to the Brac and if he is gone as it appears to be the case now, Not a perfect person by any stretch but always joking and easy going may you rest in the deep of the ocean my friend and my condolences to your family and friends.

  11. Anonymous says:

    So sad my friend is lost! WP

  12. Anonymous says:

    Such a sad story. My condolences to his family. This is part of the reason you should never enter the sea alone.

    • Anonymous says:

      To my sister in Christ ,Theresa our prayers are with you in this trying times ,God will give you strength,and still hanging on hope lynvol will be found .


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