‘Missing’ Caribbean passengers are found

Oct 29, 2012, 7:28 PM

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) – It turns out that a motorboat reported missing in the eastern Caribbean wasn’t missing after all.

All six passengers of a boat traveling from the island of Dominica are safe and accounted for. They turned up Monday at a police station in the French island of Martinique to say they were fine.

A police statement says the four men and two women left Dominica a day later then they originally planned because of the rough weather. They were originally due back Sunday and a coast guard search was launched when they didn’t turn up.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A motorboat with at least six people on board is missing in the eastern Caribbean Sea, a region still experiencing heavy swells from Hurricane Sandy far to the north, officials said Monday.

The rigid-hulled inflatable boat was supposed to have left the island of Dominican on Sunday for the nearby French island of Martinique but never reached its destination, authorities said.

On board were four men and two women, all French citizens, who were attending a music festival on Dominica, according to a statement from the police in Martinique.

The journey between the two islands should normally take no more than two hours, said Dominican Coast Guard Cmdr. Mervyn Pendenque.

French aircraft were searching for the missing boat as officials in Dominica were checking the island to see if the vessel is anchored to await better conditions, Pendenque said.

Martinique was under an alert for rough seas as Hurricane Sandy continued to churn the ocean even as it spun far to the north in the U.S.

The storm caused widespread flooding and wind damage in the Caribbean and is blamed for at least 69 deaths.

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‘Missing’ Caribbean passengers are found