Sunday, January 03, 2021
20 people were on board
Missing boat has disappeared without a trace
In the past week, a boat on its way to the US mainland disappeared without a trace in the Atlantic, it never reached its destination. Around 20 people are said to have been on board. The search will now be temporarily suspended after several days.
Rescue workers have suspended the search for a boat with around 20 occupants that has disappeared in the Atlantic not far from the Florida coast. The almost nine-meter-long motorboat left on Monday on the Bimini archipelago belonging to the Bahamas and was no longer sighted afterwards, the US Coast Guard announced on Friday (local time).
Actually, it should have arrived in the port of Lake Worth on the east coast of the US state Florida long ago – but the boat never showed up there. According to the information, the rescue workers searched a sea area of 44,000 square kilometers with ships and aircraft, but gave up after 84 hours. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the missing,” said the Coast Guard message. The search would then continue when the authorities received new information on the fate of the boat. The route between Bimini and Lake Worth is approximately 120 kilometers.
The authorities did not disclose who could have been on board the boat. “We do not care whether it is possibly illegal immigrants or drug trafficking,” said a local police spokesman for the Sun Sentinel newspaper. “We don’t want human lives to be lost at sea.” The police spokesman also said no signal was received from an emergency position-indicating radio beacon. “If it touches the water or is activated in an emergency, it would give us the position of the ship. That makes it a lot easier for us to travel to this place.”