A jet ski rented by two New Jersey residents who have been missing in Barbados since June was recovered Saturday.
The watercraft was recovered about 250 miles northwest of Barbados, off the coast of Guadeloupe by a French navy ship, Roy Morris, press secretary to Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, confirmed in a statement to CNN. USA TODAY has reached out to Mottley’s office for comment.
Nation News, a Barbados newspaper, reported that French authorities notified the Barbados Coast Guard Saturday that they believed they’d found the jet ski involved in their search-and-rescue operation and assigned a rescue boat to retrieve the watercraft.
Morris confirmed that the registration number of the watercraft matched that of the one rented to Magdalena Devil, 25, and Oscar Suarez, 32, near Holetown Beach, Barbados, on June 24. The couple has not been seen since.
When they did not return with the jet ski on June 24, the local police and Coast Guard mounted a search operation that included the U.S. Air Force and covered 600 nautical miles. Officials called off their search on July 2.
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SOURCE: USA Today; North Jersey Record, Keldy Ortiz