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Dec 5th 2009 3:29PM Jeff-
I am certainly sympathetic to your brother's disappearance, but lets set some of the facts straight here. Your father ventured into open ocean on a Craig Cat. For a picture of this "vessel" see the link: http://www.craigcat.com/
While these might be fun toys for sheltered water, they have no business being on open water. I live on Utila and know that these waters can get rough quickly. My 27' center console with twin 250 4 strokes is too small for these waters on many days (of course, many days, the waters are lakelike calm, but can change quickly). As I understand it your father, not a native or resident of roatan with experience in these waters, left to go fishing in the craigcat without an anchor, phone or emergency kit. Of course, this tiny vessel has no room for such things.
The notion that this decision and the lack of a US type coast guard search and rescue operation means that the Bay Islands are dangerous is simply inaccurate. Moreover, its worth noting that many many locals attempted to look for your father and spent considerable time and money looking for him. Your comments suggest that he was the victim of foul play. Is there any evidence of this?
New York is a far more dangerous place than Roatan or Utila. Again, I am very sorry for your loss, but your message is a misleading one.