At about 12:45pm on Sunday, April 21, 2013, officers attached to the Marine Unit received a distress call from a vessel northeast of Cap Estate within the territorial waters of Saint Lucia.
Information received was that the vessel “Reel Irie” had encountered engine difficulties whilst on a fishing expedition. At the time there were four individuals on board the said vessel, two foreigners and two local nationals. They are Daniel and Kate Souki, American nationals vacationing here in Saint Lucia; Griffith Joseph, who was the captain of the vessel, and Kim Cooper, who was working alongside him.
A search was conducted off the said area by the Marine Unit and supported by aircraft from the Martinique coast guard but to no avail.
On Monday, April 22, 2013, officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station received information that some persons were discovered alive on the Dauphin Beach. These were the same individuals who had encountered difficulties with their vessel the previous day.
All individuals were transported to a medical institution via ambulance. They are all being treated and are in a stable condition.