Coast Guard searching for 4 missing boaters in waters south of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard and Dominican Republic Navy rescue crews are searching for four missing boaters in waters south of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.

Robert Wayne and Laura Ricart, U.S. citizens; Javier Jorge, Spanish citizen and Plinio Jacobo, Dominican Republic citizen, reportedly went fishing out of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Thursday morning aboard a 24-foot white sportfisher vessel with a blue trim and a blue bimini top. The boaters never returned to Boca Chica after they were expected to arrive Thursday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Liaison Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic notified Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders of a request for assistance Friday from Dominican Republic Naval authorities for the Coast Guard to assist them with the search efforts.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 rescue crew is searching waters south of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic alongside Dominican Republic Naval authorities, searching aboard an 85-foot patrol boat and 24-foot Boston Whaler, for the missing boaters. Dominican Republic Navy Auxiliary personnel, Dominican Republic Navy’s volunteer force, are also searching with surface vessels and aircraft.

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  1. TANIA BERTHIN says:

    Sorry, I know relative of this family and I wonder How is the search going if there is any news

  2. Gail Skaates Taveras says:

    Robert Wayne Skaates is my uncle, and is one of this missing boaters. He is originally from Tampa, Florida but currently resides in the Dominican Republic.

  3. D. Daube says:

    Just checking for new news. Laura Ricart is family of my husband. God bless you in your search, and the boaters.

  4. Julia says:

    Laura and Javier bodies have been recovered. The search continues for Plinio and Robert.

  5. Garrett Skaates says:

    Robert Skaates is my uncle and is a very experienced boat captain. We have not heard any more news since this afternoon. If anyone has heard any other news please advise at All of the family is praying for good news.

  6. Luis says:

    2 Bodies were found today
    Laura Ricart
    Javier Jorge

  7. Anonimo says:

    Well is a tragedy, they have found two buddys, the first one was Laura Ricart and the other one Javier Jorge from Spain, guards are still searching for Plinio and Robert.

  8. Stephanie Skaates Crossen says:

    Hi Robert is my uncle and we miss him..

  9. joe says:

    Am in shock about Rob. I know his life is the sea, and he was expert and
    also he knows santo domingo ´cause he is living here for a long time.

    i hope that god help him.

  10. jhonny gomez says:

    its gone very quiet – has the boat never been found,