Search called off for New Jersey couple who went missing on Jet Ski trip in Barbados

Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil, who are from Montclair, a suburb of New York City, vanished after they rented Jet Skis while on vacation in Barbados.
Image: Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil went missing in Barbados after riding a jet ski.
Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil went missing in Barbados after riding a jet ski.Courtesy of Susanna Cruz

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By David K. Li and Hasley Pitman

Rescuers in Barbados called off a week-long search for a New Jersey couple who vanished while riding Jet Skis, officials said Tuesday.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley met with seven relatives of Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, on Monday to offer her condolences, press secretary Roy Morris said.

Despite the search's end, Morris wanted to stop just short of declaring the vacationers from Montclair lost forever.

“We are all still hoping for a miracle,” Morris said in a statement to NBC News.

Suarez and Magdalena arrived in Barbados on June 22 for a one-week vacation in Holetown, on the island's west coast. Two days later, the couple rented Jet Skis, donned life jackets and set off over Caribbean waters, but have not been seen since.

The rescue mission ended on Sunday at sunset, a day after a U.S. military aircraft ended its search, according to Morris.

Rescuers included police, the local coast guard, regional security forces and the US Air Force, as they covered more than 600 nautical miles, officials said.