Family of missing Abaco boater still hopeful
Seventy-two-year-old James Green, who went missing in waters off Abaco last Tuesday, has yet to be found, but his family remains hopeful.
“We’re just praying and trying to remain hopeful. We’re still hopeful and hoping for a miracle that he is out there and he is holding on,” said his daughter, Ramona Green.
“We are hoping that he made it to a cay somewhere, and he is able to hold on until we can find him and get there.
“We haven’t given up hope yet.”
According to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), Green, a resident of Sandy Point, was last seen on a 17-foot open hull boat on April 16.
The boat has since been recovered, but Green has yet to be found.
The search has been a combined effort by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, police, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association (BASRA), the United States Coast Guard and local fishermen.
“We haven’t found anything since they found the boat,” Green said.
“We had some bad weather, so it was kind of difficult to get out to search.”
She said the defense force has been in regular contact with her family, and has assured them that they are still looking for her father, and that the local community has been doing its best to lend assistance in the search.
“They tried to help, but you know people, they’re doing their jobs and stuff like that, so they can’t search constantly all day,” she said.
“The people who can help have been helping.”
Green added, “Actually today, three boats I know of from here went out today to do, again today is kind of rough out there.
“But they did go out for a few hours. Still nothing, nothing yet. They weren’t able to go as far as they would have liked to go because of the weather.”
She added, “We’ve just been here by the phone and waiting and hoping and praying, and any opportunity that the guys and family and close friends have to get out on the water, they go.”
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