Fourth man was with missing local fishermen

| 28/11/2014

(CNS): Police have confirmed that 49-year-old Donald Jennison from Flankers, Saint James, in Jamaica was on board a boat that went missing in September, as well as three Caymanian men whose names were made public previously. Police renewed their appeal for information Friday after more than two months with no sightings of the West Bay residents Alton Eddie Philips, Ray Kennedy Smith and James Michael Ebanks Snr, who left Cayman in a yellow 28 foot canoe.  The police now believe that the vessel departed from the North West Point area of West Bay sometime between 7 and 11pm on Friday 12 September. The boat was powered, it is believed, by an 85 HP Yamaha engine.

The men were scheduled to return Sunday 14 September but never appeared, and on Monday 15 September a family member of one of the boaters made a report to police. Officers from RCIPS Joint Marine Unit (JMU) notified Port Authority and ships within the shipping lanes transiting the Cayman area.

The US and Jamaican coast guards were also notified, in addition to Interpol, through which notices were sent throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. Searches by JMU in Cayman waters were done using drift pattern calculations based on the currents but the boat was not seen.

RCIPS officers also spent four days in Jamaica conducting enquires alongside the local police about the missing men and the RCIPS is now fairly confident that Jennison was also on board with the three Caymanians.

Police said that investigations to date have not revealed any evidence of their whereabouts.

The RCIPS continues to meet with the families and are still trying to determine what may have happened to their love ones.

Anyone who may have seen the boaters depart the North West Point area in their vessel on Friday 12 September during the stated times is asked to contact Inspector Ian Yearwood, Sergeant Richard Scott or PC Adrian Clarke on 949- 7710.

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have heard a number of comments made that there could have been smuggling involved but I have no knowledge of this being the case.

    My condolences to the families of these missing men.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He na look like a fisha man to me!

    • Anonymous says:

      Please let us have an exact description of what you think a fisherman is supposed to look like. 

      My Father was a fisherman and but when he wasn't fishing he looked like he had just stepped out of GQ magazine!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Was Mr. Jennison lawfully in Cayman?