“We pray for a miracle,” says father of missing passenger on Catalina boat in Moreno Valley – Press Enterprise
Keion Jamir Dade’s family still have hope.
On Friday, June 18, around 20 family members, including the mother and father of the 24-year-old Moreno Valley resident, left Huntington Beach aboard three jet boats guided by observation planes to continue. looking for the son who went overboard. of the Jet Cat Express en route to Catalina Island on June 10.
The research will continue daily “until God reveals otherwise,” said one of Dade’s cousins, Asia Hardy.
The Coast Guard told the family the currents would likely have swept through Dade from where he was last seen about 3 miles from Long Beach in the waters off Orange County, Hardy said.
“We are praying for a miracle that he is found alive, but we know it is a small chance,” said Dade’s father, Kiyam Dade Sr. “We want to shut down the family and at least give him a proper funeral. .… I guess his graveyard will be the ocean if we can’t find him.
The US Coast Guard searched for just over 24 hours after Dade was found in the ocean. Dade, from Moreno Valley, was heading to Catalina Island with his girlfriend. Dade had made the trip several times before, his family said.
Hardy called on the Coast Guard to resume his search and asked all divers and pilots to help him.
Coast Guard Lt. Benjamin McIntyre said rescuers consider several factors when deciding how long to search, including a person’s height and weight, air and water temperature and if the sea is rough or calm. Over time, he said, the size of the area to be searched increases by several kilometers.
The sea was swelling around 2-3 feet with winds of less than 10 knots when Dade went overboard around 6 p.m., McIntyre said. A crew member threw a life jacket at Dade, but he could not be rescued.
“I fully understand the family’s concern and their desire to find him, and if there was a person on the surface of the water … I’m sure he would have been seen by no less than one of the 15 responding agencies, ”McIntyre said. “If there was any chance that he would be able to be helped, the Coast Guard would spare no expense to achieve a positive result.”
Dade is listed as a missing person on the state Department of Justice website. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie, according to the bulletin.
The investigation is now examining crew practices and whether safety standards were met, among other things, McIntyre said. The Coast Guard received video of the incident from ferry operator Catalina Express, but declined to specifically describe what it is showing.
The family said Dade had everything to live on.
Dade was voted King of the Ball at Canyon Springs High in the Moreno Valley.
“He has a magnetic personality that everyone loves,” said Kiyam Dade Sr.. “Keion would never take sides. I don’t know if he ever had a fight with any of his siblings. She’s just a very caring and kind person.
Dade’s mother, Bernadette, considered her son an outgoing, intelligent and curious confidant.
“He used to paint children’s shoes for them and put the rips in the children’s jeans and make them look like store-bought versions,” she said.
Right before Dade’s disappearance, he received funding to purchase a dump truck for the start-up trucking business he planned to operate with his brother Kiyam Dade Jr. Dade was operating while driving for his father’s business. .
“He was very ecstatic,” his father said.
Dade was able to make his business a reality when his father helped him with the cost of insurance. This prompted Dade to send her father a text that read, “I love you, daddy.”
It was the last text Kiyam Sr. would receive from his son.
“It’s such a blessing that I can watch this every day,” he said.