Dominica: French government provides helicopter to help find kidnapped student

Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed sadness over the abduction of 12-year-old Kernisha Etienne and ordered that all state resources be used in search and rescue efforts while a demand helicopter assistance from the French government was provided.

Skerrit, who is attending the ninth Summit of the Americas in the United States, had posted a vocal statement on his official Facebook page outlining what was being done to find the student.

The Prime Minister says he has been in contact with the National Security Minister and has ordered that all state resources be used in search and rescue efforts and that they do not end the search and rescue efforts. search and rescue until Kernisha is found and found alive.

Skerrit says he has also been in contact with the French government through the French Embassy in Saint Lucia, requesting the use of a helicopter which they have approved. He says the helicopter would have been in Dominica earlier this afternoon.

The Prime Minister expressed his thanks to the many volunteers who stepped up to help with search and rescue.

Skerrit says citizens should continue to pray for the safe return of Kernisha as well as her family.

He notes that even though he is outside the country, he follows events that he believes are more important than the Summit of the Americas,

“I have great hope and I pray to God that she is found alive.”

On June 7, Etienne was abducted from her home around 11:30 p.m. and taken to the bushes in the commune of Warner.