At about 8:15AM on Tuesday, 7 December, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre received reports of a vessel on the reef off East End and packages floating in the water. RCIPS Officers from the Eastern Districts attended the landside area of the sighting and the Cayman Islands Coast Guard and police helicopter made their way to assist. A number of packages of ganja were recovered from the water and within the vessel, with a total weight of 194lbs. The vessel was also recovered.
Two men, both Jamaican Nationals, aged 68 and 56, were arrested on suspicion of illegal landing and being concerned in the importation of ganja. The men claimed a third crew member was aboard the vessel and had also made it ashore. However, efforts to locate him following the recovery of the vessel and packages proved unsuccessful.
Shortly before 9:00AM on Thursday morning, the body of an unresponsive man was discovered, having washed ashore at a location on Austin Conolly Drive in East End.
Police and Emergency Services attended the location, and the man was subsequently pronounced dead.
"I am working on the basis that the deceased man may be the third man who had been on the vessel that was recovered in East End on Tuesday, but investigations continue," says Superintendent Peter Lansdown.
Today the arrested men were formally charged with Being Concerned in the Importation of Ganja and Illegal Landing