BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday July 8, 2019 – 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.”
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.
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.