British woman, 41, missing for four days in Caribbean with divers searching ocean


Divers are scouring the ocean for a British woman who went missing off a boat four days ago.

Sarm Heslop’s boyfriend said he has not seen the 41-year-old since before Monday morning, when he woke up to find her not on their catamaran.

The pair had been sailing on the 47ft boat Siren Song together before she disappeared off the US Virgin Islands.

The boyfriend told the US Coast Guard that she might have fallen overboard.

For the past four days police have been searching the water of the island of St John, but there has been no sign of the Southampton woman.

He said: “She is loved by everyone who knows her. Sarm’s sense of adventure took her to the Caribbean, and like wherever she goes, she had made many friends, all of whom are not out looking for her.

“She is such a loving, fun girl. We just want her back safe and sound.”

A police source on St John said that they are very concerned about her welfare.

“An Englishwoman has gone missing on our island and we are appealing for help in trying to locate her,” they said.

“She is a white female of average built and height. She has a tattoo on her left shoulder.

“She was last seen on Sunday aboard her boat which was moored off the coast of St. John.

“Every day that goes by and we don’t have any news about her is a major concern for us. We need to locate her as soon as possible.”

Heslop is described as having a southern English accent with a butterfly tattoo on her left shoulder.

It is believed her phone, passport and belongings remain on the yacht, a friend of hers told MailOnline.

“Her friends here at home are devastated and just need her disappearance to be made a critical priority,” they said.

“She would not just disappear, leaving no trace.”

The US Coast Guard has said they were first alerted to her disappearance at 11.46am.