“To my whole State Division crew, Susan and I are with you in your grief,” Pompeo mentioned. “You have got my phrase the Division will do every little thing in our energy to consolation and help those that have suffered from this devastating loss.”
The highest US diplomat, talking alongside the Colombian president in Bogota, mentioned the boating accident occurred on Saturday and that different authorities personnel had been concerned. Some have been rescued with “modest accidents” and one was airlifted to the US for therapy, Pompeo mentioned. The lacking employee’s subsequent of kin had been notified, Pompeo mentioned, however they have been withholding the person’s identify for privateness issues.
A spokesperson for the State Division’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs advised CNN that the worker was “on short-term task to the US Embassy in Bogota” and was “partaking in vacationer actions in Cartagena” when the boating accident occurred.
“We respect the Colombian Authorities’s continued search-and-rescue operation looking for the lacking American worker,” they mentioned.
“Different authorities personnel, some assigned to Colombia and others visiting, have been rescued from the capsized boat, some sustaining reasonable accidents,” the spokesperson mentioned. “We categorical our gratitude to the non-public residents and Colombian navy for rescuing the workers.”
Colombian President Ivan Duque expressed his condolences over the accident. He mentioned Navy, Coast Guard and native providers have been collaborating in search efforts for the physique of the lacking employee.
Based on a Monday press launch from the Colombian navy, the accident occurred close to the Rosario Islands, off the coast of Cartagena. 11 of the 12 passengers within the boat have been rescued, the discharge mentioned.