Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik AzkoNobel 728x90

Hopes faded for missing WA sailor

by Sail-World Cruising round-up on 19 Aug 2012
Ian Shardlow’s catamaran SW
With hope fading for locating the sailor missing now for two days off the coast of Busselton in Western Australia, the family of 76-year-old Ian Shardlow have thanked the rescue workers for the efforts to find him. When he was reported overdue on Thursday a search was initiated at 6.30pm and his catamaran found with the motor running and no sails hoisted.

Police have conceded that hopes of finding him alive after such a long time are fading. The yacht has been towed back to port for forensic testing and it has been confirmed that the sailor was not wearing a life jacket.

Mr Shardlow, from Australind, has not been seen since he set sail from Port Geographe marina aboard his 6m catamaran 'Two Up' about 12.20pm on Thursday.

Authorities were alerted when Mr Shardlow failed to make contact with the Australian Coast Radio Monitors service at 4pm, as he had planned when he set sail earlier that day.

Four hours later emergency services launched a massive land, air and sea search when his yacht was found 4.7 nautical miles off Port Geographe travelling at 5 knots.

Today, Mr Shardlow's family paid tribute to the loved husband, father and grandfather, saying the tragedy had been devastating.

``Ian was passionate about sailing catamarans and had been sailing for over 45 years,' they told Perth Now in a statement. ``He was a very competent sailor and had owned several catamarans in his time.

``Sadly, Ian was just about to retire and had hoped to sail and travel a lot more.'

The family thanked the emergency service volunteers, Water Police and State Emergency Service for their untiring efforts in the search.

Inspector Mike Peters said nine boats, a fixed wing plane and one helicopter had returned to the search effort at first light this morning, but the contingent was scaled back to six boats and two aircraft later in the day.

``The search conditions to locate Mr Shardlow have been optimal,' Insp Peters said.


Anyone who may have sighted Mr Shardlow on Thursday afternoon or his catamaran around the Port Geographe marina is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

PredictWind.comRS Sailing 660x82Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82

Related Articles

Relief for Dominica
Our friends in Dominica were hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday evening, a category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale The Marine community through the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association is working with Ondeck who is preparing its Farr 65 Spirit of Juno to head to Dominica late on Thursday evening to deliver much needed aid. They will then return a number of times over the coming weeks.
Posted on 20 Sep
Coast Guard Foundation activates Disaster Relief and Response Fund
The Coast Guard Foundation has been working tirelessly to help those affected by Hurricane Irma and Harvey The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today the activation of its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to assist Coast Guard Members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Posted on 19 Sep
Tropical storm warning in effect
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within warning area within 36 hours A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for the area from Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Hull, Massachusetts, including Block Island, Martha`s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Posted on 19 Sep
Coast Guard readies for Jose, cautions mariners
Coast Guard units across the Northeast are accelerating preparations Monday ahead of forecasted tropical storm condition Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews are flying storm tracks and using marine radios to warn offshore boaters of the approaching heavy weather and recommending they seek safe haven.
Posted on 19 Sep
Oceanis – 2018 set to be a prolific year
Alongside the new Oceanis51.1, Beneteau announced four new Oceanises to satisfy a broad range of aspirations this autumn 30 years on, the best known range in the world continues to show its vitality. Alongside the new Oceanis 51.1, which won over the experts at its first sea trials, Beneteau has announced four new Oceanises to satisfy a broad range of aspirations this autumn.
Posted on 15 Sep
Coast Guard provides tips to boaters in preparation for Hurricane Irma
Mariners should take precautions to ensure their personal safety should a storm or hurricane approach. The United States Coast Guard urges everyone to monitor Hurricane Irma and make early preparations to protect themselves and their boats. Securing boats prior to landfall of a hurricane is one of the first steps to prepare. Mariners should take precautions to ensure their personal safety should a storm or hurricane approach.
Posted on 8 Sep
Tips to keep safe with Hurricane Irma from Shurhold
Shurhold wants to keep you safe with approaching Hurricane Irma. The storm has already caused catastrophic damage Shurhold wants to keep you safe with approaching Hurricane Irma. The storm has already caused catastrophic damage through the Caribbean and is taking aim at Florida.
Posted on 8 Sep
Miami-Dade orders coastal evacuation as Hurricane Irma threatens
More than 100,000 Miami-Dade residents were instructed to leave their homes on barrier islands The Miami Herald reports on the mandatory evacuations for residents in parts of Miami-Dade county and how this impacts on gridlock issues, but also describes how the eva zone could expand as Irma approaches. If you think you can go, you probably should...
Posted on 8 Sep
4 Days – How much time boaters have to prepare for Irma
While it’s difficult to determine landfall, BoatUS urges boaters, marinas and clubs to use the valuable time to prepare According to the National Hurricane Center, Florida may have up to four days to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a “potentially catastrophic Category 5” storm now approaching the Leeward Islands.
Posted on 6 Sep
Coast Guard emphasizes boating, water safety over Labor Day weekend
The Coast Guard encourages anyone headed out to the water this weekend to take several precautionary steps beforehand. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. There are stringent penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
Posted on 2 Sep