A search team to find seven crew members missing since their vessel sank off Martinique, in the West Indies will be scaled down, as no bodies have been found for several days, the authorities said Saturday October 5th.
The Luxembourg-flagged Bourbon Rhode was1,200 nautical miles from the French Caribbean island on September 26, as it sailed towards hurricane Lorenzo, and was later confirmed to have sunk in deep waters, AFP has reported.
To rescue the 14 people on board the tug supply vessel, a search operation was launched. Three crew members who had used a lifeboat were rescued two days later. One was found dead shortly afterwards, and another three were also found dead on Monday September 30th and Tuesday October 1st, according to rappler.com.
No bodies have been found since Tuesday, October 1st. “Having searched for a week, the survival time for a man in the sea is well over", the Martinique prefecture said in a statement.
The crew were mostly Ukrainian, but also included a Croatian captain, a South African, a Russian a Filipino.
The search area lies in the middle of the Atlantic, 110,000 square kilometres (42,000 square miles), three days and 17 hours by boat from Martinique, and more than three hours by plane from Cape Verde in west Africa.
“This complex operation requires 12 merchant ships and ten flights,” said the prefecture.