Two American Tourists Reportedly Lost at Sea After Renting Jet Ski in Barbados (Video)
Two tourists from New Jersey vanished on Monday while vacationing in Barbados. The two missing persons, Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, disappeared after renting a jet ski at 2:34 p.m. at Holetown Beach on the island’s western coast. They were both wearing life jackets when they left the beach.
About 30 minutes after their departure, their jet ski operator became concerned and asked other operators to keep an eye out for the pair. Eventually, the jet ski operator notified the Royal Barbados Police Force, telling the force that the couple seemed to be lost at sea.
“The operator became worried and contacted other operators in the area to carry out a search but they were not sighted,” the force said in a statement. “The Police Marine Unit and the Barbados Coast Guard conducted a search of the area extending as far as the Bridgetown Port but were unable to locate either the couple or the jet ski.”
Investigators also inquired at Suarez and Devil’s hotel, where the pair checked in on June 22 and were scheduled to depart on Sunday — but the staff confirmed that the two never returned to the property.
As of late Tuesday evening, Inspector Rodney Inniss of the Royal Barbados Police Force told ABC News that there hadn’t been any reported sightings of either Suarez or Devil. He said that airplanes were assisting in the search and that vessels in the Barbados area had been alerted to be on the lookout.
According to ABC News, Suarez’s mother, Ninfa Urrutia, said the couple had been dating for about a year. Suarez has two children from a previous marriage: 10-year-old Elias and 5-year-old Tatiana. ABC News reached out to the State Department who said they were aware of the two missing Americans, but were unable to comment further due to privacy concerns.
"I've been calling; I call and call the police, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, they can't provide me with any answers," Urrutia said, according to ABC News. "They haven’t called me back to let me know what I need to do or find out what’s going on with my son. They're just not calling back.”
Investigators on the case asked that anyone with information about the pair's whereabouts contact the local police at the emergency number, 211, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).