A moving message | The father of a missing woman remains hopeful

Drones are being used in the search for Kristal Black who disappeared after the boat she was traveling in capsized on Sunday October 2.

After a feverishly fruitless day of searching for Kristal Black, 33, who disappeared at sea following a fatal boating accident off the West End on Sunday, her father, John Black, said he was still hopeful.

In a moving Facebook post late Monday, Mr Black touched the hearts of more than a thousand online users who read as he encouraged himself to be strong for his missing daughter whom he is proud to be a heartbreaking image of himself. .

“Tomorrow (Tuesday October 4), with the grace and mercy of God, we will continue our most crucial search because it is the third day and if a body is in the water, it will float. [But] I’m not looking for a body. I’m looking for my twin aka daddy’s princess,’ Mr Black posted.

He praised the efforts of his family, you managed to rally massive support for the search effort. And in an emotional moment in his position, Mr Black imagined how his missing daughter would have been the one to lead the charge of any search and rescue operation.

“If she was the boss, she would want me to resist and cry later. OK bossy, dad is in beast mode. From the youngest to the oldest of your siblings are in beast mode. I know you cling to those comforts. I love you, Krissy. My eyes are wide open,” he wrote.

Mr Black’s heartbreaking message did not neglect to acknowledge the people and organizations – both local and overseas – who have been involved in the search.

While describing the search effort and support as enormous, Mr Black noted that the downed vessel in question was found submerged in around 120 to 140 feet of water.

“A seat was found at the entrance to Fungi Passage. This is the first deviation to go to St John. We had researchers, drones, boats, divers, a helicopter and a boat with sonar on it. We give it our best shot. We found sandals and a bowl of food off Great Tobago heading west and an orange,” he said.

“We had STT (St Thomas) and St John teams looking. My good right arm from Santa Cruz went to St John to buzz those shores in front of us.

I dare not mention the names of the many who made the search possible, but from where I am sitting I would like to personally thank Top Priority’s Lesmore Smith and her Captain Nicky,” Mr Black added.

He continued, “I am heartened by the support. If I cry it’s because of the love and support and what I’m going through.

Police are investigating the capsizing of the boat

Meanwhile, the Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) said they are still investigating the circumstances that led to the boat capsizing.

Initial police investigations indicate that while crossing the waters between Jost Van Dyke and West End at around 7pm on Sunday evening, the vessel in question capsized near Little Thatch, causing all 10 of its occupants to fall overboard.

“Of the 10 occupants on board, seven were taken to Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital. One of the seven, a six-year-old girl, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Five are still being treated [and] one was released. A search team including Marine Police, Virgin Islands Search and Rescue and local mariners immediately began searching for the missing woman. The U.S. Coast Guard and St. John Rescue also joined the search at sunrise this morning to the east and west of the site. So far, there have been no sightings of the missing woman,” RVIPF reported.

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