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Jet Ski Used by American Couple that Went Missing in Barbados is Recovered Off Guadeloupe

Search for Americans Who Went Missing in Barbados is Called Off The missing jet ski was spotted off the coast of Guadeloupe.

The French Navy confirmed over the weekend that a jet ski bearing the registration number of the one that an American couple was riding when they went missing in Barbados last month, was found off the coast of Guadeloupe.

But there was no sign of the missing duo, Oscar Suarez, 32, or Magdalena Devil, 25.

The dispatch from the French authorities to the Barbados Coast Guard stated in part:

“Be informed that this Saturday July 6, at 1645Z, the French navy ship Ventôse has localised the jet ski registered 162H (see attached pictures), in position 15°53.82N – 061°40.43W. This is in Guadeloupe, between les Saintes islands and Guadeloupe (see map), 305°/Pointe à Vache/2.7 NM. It seems to be the jet ski involved in your search and rescue operation, concerning two US citizens (Mrs. Magdalena Devil and Mr. Oscar Suarez). Can you confirm this is the missing jet ski? We have tasked (a) French rescue boat to recover it and tow it.”


The position where the jet ski was found.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds were informed of the discovery and a statement from the government said local authorities would make contact with the families to inform them of the development.

Devil and Suarez, who were visiting Barbados from New Jersey, rented a jet ski at a beach on the west coast of the island on June 24 for a half-hour ride, but never returned.


Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil have not been found.

Last Monday, Prime Minister Mottley met with the couple’s families at Ilaro Court, her official residence. She expressed regret at the unfortunate events and invited them to return to the island anytime over the next year at Government’s expense, if it would assist them in bringing closure to the matter.

Police investigations into the disappearance continue.

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Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil have not been found.

The search for two American visitors who disappeared without a trace while jet skiing a week ago, has been called off by local authorities. The United States, which was helping with the search, has also withdrawn its assisting aircraft.

The search by the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Coast Guard and the Regional Security System – later joined by the US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft – began on the afternoon of June 24 after 32-year-old Oscar Suarez and 25-year-old Magdalena Devil, who were visiting from New Jersey, rented a jet ski at a beach on the west coast of the island for a half-hour ride, but never returned. They were last seen on CCTV heading out to sea in a southerly direction.

After the first 72 hours with neither of them being found, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the search for the couple would be extended another 72 hours, saying her government was doing “all that is humanly possible” to find the Americans.

“We need to literally ensure that we have exhausted every possible opportunity with respect to finding your relatives,” Mottley, addressing the couple’s relatives, said at the time. “I can’t imagine what you are going through now, but please know that the prayers as well as the diligent efforts of the Government of Barbados and all of our law enforcement arms as well as the regional ones with whom we are affiliated will be continuing to work in earnest to find them.”

The US Air Force which had joined the search, did 300 nautical square miles between Barbados and north west of St Vincent and the Grenadines and south west of Martinique; and a further 300 nautical square miles west northwest of Martinique.

But the extended search period ended with no sign of either the visitors, who were wearing life jackets, or the jet ski.

There had been reports over the weekend that the bodies had been found off the coast of St Lucia. But Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, confirmed that the reports were false .

“I urge you to be mindful of the fact that the couple both have families who are on the island at this point.  What they are going through is really unimaginable.  It is a tremendous level of personal pain, stress and concern. And, what is really most unhelpful for them, is to be put through the emotional peaks and troughs of a roller coaster based purely on empty speculation and what is largely idle gossip,” he said as he urged the public not to speculate.

The couple’s relatives met with the Prime Minister at her official residence, Ilaro Court, where she expressed regret at their loss, her press secretary Roy Morris said.

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Comment by Cherylin pelle on July 8, 2019 at 2:21pm
They probably couldn't find they're way back and is in Guadalupe where they speck French..I just hope they meet kind people who speak English... Guadalupe need to send out the Drones cause that a Bushey Island ..Lots of waterfall etc.
Comment by Lu on July 5, 2019 at 8:29pm
So sad. How everything dealing with blacks is straight political BS...SMH
Comment by mr1stroke on July 4, 2019 at 9:25pm
Lol ok so you people thought that search was going to be forever, wait ars they white, well look at them? They only search for white people until they find them

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