6 French citizens missing in Caribbean storm swell

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:11 AM
6 French citizens missing in Caribbean storm swell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As many as seven people have disappeared on a boat in Caribbean waters roiled by Hurricane Sandy, officials said Monday. French officials said at least six of them are French citizens.

Dominica Coast Guard Commander Mervyn Pendenque said that his agency is searching for those aboard a rigid-hulled inflatable boat that left his country before noon Sunday en route to Martinique on a trip that should take no more than two hours.

Pendenque said Dominican authorities were searching the island's harbors to see if the vessel is anchored to await better conditions. Authorities from French Martinique are conducting an aerial search.

The French Transportation Ministry told the Sipa news agency six of the missing are French citizens.

Sandy, which killed at least 66 people in the Caribbean, was far to the north, near the U.S. coast, on Sunday, but it was still kicking up waves around the island.

"We have a lot of groundswells and a little wind but nothing so great it would affect normal sailing," Pendenque said.