Jet skier triggers major air and sea search

| 15/04/2013

(CNS): A58-year-old woman turned up safe and well late last night, police said, after triggering a major search and rescue operation. A police spokesperson said the air and sea search lasted well over four hours but the woman had turned up at a Seven Mile Beach condo complex at around midnight when the police were eventually informed and the search called off. Police said the search  started when the woman's husband contacted police at around 7:30pm on Sunday evening saying he had lost sight of his wife who was on a jet ski in the North Sound near Morgan's Harbour.

At around 7pm police said that officers from the Joint Marine Unit had stopped and warned the couple who were riding separate jet-skis about speeding. Around 30 minutes later the man contacted police to say he had lost sight of his wife. A large scale search and rescue operation was immediately launched involving the Joint Marine and Air Operations Units. Several private boats also joined the search. Beach areas, docks, canals and the North Sound were all extensively searched but there was no sign of the missing woman, or her jet ski.

Just before midnight police received a call to say that the woman was with a family member at a condo complex on Seven Mile Beach. The search was stood down shortly after when officers spoke to the woman and confirmed that she was safe. It is not clear at what point the woman had left the water or whether she had at any time been in any trouble.

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  1. Voter 2013 says:

    This was not a tourist?  No one rents jet skis at 7PM at night on SMB.  

    Did she run out or gas or maybe the wife decided to have sunset happy hour at a friend's condo and stayed out  too late?

    Either way, we'd love gto hear the circunstances and if no reason an emergency seach, then yes…by all means bill this couple to send a message to the rest of the public,

  2. Bono says:

    Rollie, Any comment?

  3. Anonymous says:

    pictures please

  4. Whodatis says:

    No problem.

    Bill in the mail.

  5. Anonymous says:

    A lot of resources, time and effort obviously went into this search.  How is it that this woman, reported missing by her husband, remained out of touch with her husband until midnight?  An early call could have saved this massive SAR effort.  Very suspicious behaviour from a couple who had just been reprimanded by the police before this incident.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Happens in Mountain resorts all the time. Skiers and snowboarders do something stupid and go out of bounds and need to be rescued putting others at risk. Follow the lead of these resorts. Send these folks the bill for search and rescue.

  7. Anonymous says:

    They should pay the full cost of the search and rescue bill considering they were warned by the police about speeding earlier. Clearly this was their way of being defiant of the law.