Police mount search for missing fishermen

March 16, 2016

The Police Force has confirmed that it has commenced a search for two fishermen who have been reported missing at sea.


It is alleged that Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of Gaulette River left Guadeloupe en route to Dominica on Tuesday 8 March 2016 on their fishing boat and have not returned since.


“The two encountered engine trouble while out at sea according to relatives here in Dominica,” Police Public Relations Officer, Pelham Jno Baptiste reported late Monday 14 March 2016.


“A report was made to the Police and the Commonwealth of Dominica Coast Guard has since made contact with neighboring law enforcement and search and rescue teams in an effort to locate the two missing Dominican fishermen. The search for Ian and Walters Joseph continues,” Jno Baptiste added.

State of emergency extended to French Caribbean territories after Paris attack

November 22, 2015

The state of emergency declared by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris has been extended to the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, St Martin and St Barths.

The state of emergency was declared last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed 129 people and injured more than 350.

A statement released by the ministry of overseas territories said that the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.

Under the state of emergency, law enforcement officials have the power randomly to stop the circulation of persons and install zones of protection and security; to detain suspicious persons and their possessions; to ban meetings or demonstrations; to order searches in houses day or night; to give a compulsory order of residence to any persons whose behaviour or activity is deemed dangerous for security and public order; and lastly to order the submission of weapons and ammunition.

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