Two American tourists from New Jersey went missing on Monday while vacationing in Barbados, reports Travel + Leisure. Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25 vanished after renting a jet ski at 2.34 pm at Holetown Beach on the island’s western coast. It was also reported that they were both wearing life jackets when they left the beach.

30 minutes after their departure, their Jet Ski operator grew concerned and asked other operators to look out for the couple. After a while, the Jet Ski operator informed the Royal Barbados Police Force that the couple seemed to be lost at sea.

Police force release official statement

The police force released a statement saying, “The operator became worried and contacted other operators in the area to carry out a search but they were not sighted. “The Police Marine Unit and the Barbados Coast Guard conducted a search of the area extending as far as the Bridgetown Port but were unable to locate either the couple or the jet ski.”

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A beach in Barbados

Investigators approached the authorities at Suarez and Devil’s hotel to inquire if the couple had returned. The staff confirmed that the two never returned to the property. The pair checked into the hotel on June 22.

No new updates on the whereabouts of the couple

As of last Tuesday evening, Inspector Rodney Inniss of the Royal Barbados Police Force informed news agencies that there hadn’t been any sightings of Suarez or Devil. Airplanes are assisting in the search and vessels in the Barbados area have also been alerted to be on the lookout.

Suarez’s mother, Ninfa Urrutia, informed authorities that the couple had been dating for almost a year. Suarez was a father to two children from a previous marriage, 10-year-old Elias and 5-year-old Tatiana. Urrutia said, “I’ve been calling; I call and call the police, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, they can’t provide me with any answers. They haven’t called me back to let me know what I need to do or find out what’s going on with my son.”

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