rbpf(Central Eleuthera, The Bahamas)  At approximately 5:45 pm on Friday, November 9th, 2018, an adult male was reported to have contacted the Governor’s Harbour Police Station by telephone.  He communicated that he was at that time out at sea on a fishing trip in the area of the Governor’s Harbour airport and that one of the crew, a ‘deck hand’ had apparently fallen overboard.  He added that he was presently making checks of the area, but so far, without success.

Officers responded and made their way to the area where reports said they found the vessel anchored approximately two (2) miles west of the settlement of James’ Cistern.  The captain indicated that his crew was comprised of five (5) men.

Police reported that the account given was that they were setting and collecting Stone Crab traps and as they were completed, they noticed that one of the crew – a 23-yr-old man, was not on the boat. He was last seen, they said, on the port side of the vessel, near the winch, as they were pulling up traps. At the time he was described as wearing a bright orange fishing pant and white rubber boots.

According to reports, checks of the area proved fruitless due to darkness. As a result, searches were scheduled to continue on Saturday, November 10th, 2018.  Police, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, as well as other local fishing boats on Saturday mounted a search for the missing fisherman.