Huge search and rescue operation for British women who disappeared from a yacht moored off the US Virgin Islands
A huge search and rescue operation was carried out on a British woman who disappeared without a trace from a yacht moored off the US Virgin Islands. Sarm Heslop’s friend warned after he woke up in the early hours of Monday to find that she was nowhere to be seen on his 47-foot catamaran, Siren Song. Police and divers searching for Ms. Heslop from Southampton have searched the coast and waters around the island of St. John where the yacht is moored. A friend of the missing 41-year-old said: “We heard that Sarm’s phone, passport and all belongings were left on the boat where she lived with her boyfriend. “She would not just go away and leave no trace. We request an urgent and thorough investigation into this incident as her friends here at home are devastated and only need to make her disappearance a critical priority.” The friend said she was told that Ms. Heslop’s belongings, including a phone and passport, had all been left on the yacht. From the UK, she added: “We would like to thank the entire local community for their support in finding Sarm, both by sea and on land. “You were so amazing, but we urge you not to give up until she is found or we have more information.” The U.S. Coast Guard told local media that it was made aware of Ms. Heslop’s disappearance at 11:46 a.m. on Monday when her boyfriend said she was nowhere to be found. He called the Coast Guard station in San Juan to report that “his girlfriend may have fallen from them on a 47 foot catamaran, the siren song, the night before. “The friend reportedly told the Coast Guard that Ms. Heslop fell asleep around 10 p.m. and that he woke up.” At 2 a.m. he woke up to find she was not on The Virgin Islands Police Department has members of the local community asked to help find the missing British man who lived on the Leopard 4700 catamaran. Ms. Heslop is described as a slender 41-year-old woman, 5 to 7 years old, with a South English accent and a tattoo on her left shoulder. Virgin Islands Police Spokesman Toby Derima said: “Heslop was last seen on March 7th aboard the Siren Song ship, which was moored off the coast of St. John. Divers from various law enforcement agencies searched hundreds of square feet of water. “Mr Derima said that volunteers from the Virgin Islands also searched the Cruz Bay area during daylight hours, but added,” Unfortunately, these efforts have been unsuccessful. ” A source in St. John, one of the largest in the U.S. Virgin Islands, said locals are very concerned for their well-being. The source said: “An English woman has disappeared on our island and we are asking for help trying to find her. ‘Every day that goes by and we have no news about her is very important to us. We have to find her asap. “A Facebook page, MissingSarmHeslop, was set up to track down Sarm. Anyone with information that may be of use in the investigation is encouraged to contact the Virgin Islands Police Department.