An urgent search is underway for a British woman who has gone missing from her yacht in the Caribbean.
Sarm Heslop, 41, was last seen onboard the 47ft Siren Song in the US Virgin Islands last Sunday (March 7) – and her boyfriend told cops she might have fallen overboard in the night.
Her passport and all of her belongings were left on the boat where the pair were living, which was estimated to be worth around £500,000.
The vessel, which her partner owns, is rented out to charter guests who she takes on a tour of the islands for around £5,000-a-week.
A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said that Sector San Juan received a call from him on Sunday, around 11.46 am.
Her partner “reported that his girlfriend may have fallen” from the boat, writes The Sun.
The pair had gone to sleep at around 10 pm, and “at 2 am he woke up and realised that she was not on board.”
Divers joined a huge search for Sarm, who is originally from Hertford, with the local community rallying together to help.
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A close friend of hers said: “We have heard that Sarm’s phone, passport and all belongings were left on the boat, where she was living with her boyfriend.
“She would not just disappear, leaving no trace.
“We are asking for an urgent and thorough investigation into this incident as her friends here at home are devastated and just need her disappearance to be made a critical priority.
“We would like to thank all the local community for their support in searching for Sarm both on water and land.”
Sarm, who has previously worked as a flight attendant and in call centres, has been living in the area since the beginning of 2020.
Her friend said: “Her boyfriend woke up at around 2 am and Sarm was gone. That’s all we know.
“Everyone is worried sick and we just want her home safe and sound.”
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Police Department Public Information Officer Toby Derima said: “An English woman has gone missing on our island and we are appealing for help in trying to locate her.
“Unfortunately, this effort proved unsuccessful. 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."
Sarm is described as a white female of average built and height with a tattoo on her left shoulder.
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