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Diamantes singer disappears from cruise ship off Ishigaki

Date Posted: 2011-02-18

Searches continue in waters off Ishigaki Island, searching for Diamantes Latin group guitarist ‘Tarbo' who disappeared from a cruise ship bound for Ishigaki.

Diamantes was aboard the cruise ship to perform a live concert when Tarbo vanished from sight January 29th. Most officials believe the popular guitar player fell overboard, but band members themselves are still holding out hope. They're conducting their own searches along the cruise ship route.

The well known Okinawan group was celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the band says it will continue. "We are not going to cancel our future live schedule; we will wait for him," says one Diamantes member. "We believe that he will be a survivor somewhere, and that he'll come back to our group.

According to the group manager, Tarbo called his family two hours before the cruise ship was to arrive to Ishigaki Island harbor. So even he did fall overboard off the island, band members say he could swim to the Island by himself. Their search is intense, "so we made a poster with his picture and put it around the city's restaurants." The Diamantes staff also searched the ocean where the ship past, searching the waters by boat, but they couldn't find him.

Vocalist and band leader Alberto Shiroma is still in violent shock to the point he can't even answer questions from media. He continues asking, "Tarbo-san where are you? We all are waiting for you."

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