sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Solo sailor's mast fall death leads to £20 million drug find
Solo sailor's mast fall death leads to £20 million drug find


'Scene of mast fall tragedy - yacht Windrose, photo by Scilly Today'    .

Last week we published a story of the death of a sailor who fell from his mast after Customs had boarded his yacht, Windrose, which had been towed into port in the Scilly Isles after calling for help. At the time what had occurred on the yacht was a mystery, and the authorities weren't talking. Now the mystery appears to have been solved.

The yacht, according to the Border Force, had drugs with a street value of around £20 million on board.

The Border Force boarded the 11m (36ft) Windrose on Monday 17 June after it was towed into St Mary's quayside, Isles of Scilly, by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The solo sailor, a 62-year-old Dutch national, fell from the mast during the time the officers were on board. They had been on board for around two hours before he climbed the mast. He was airlifted to hospital but died later from his injuries.

At the time St Mary's Harbourmaster Dale Clark described the incident as a 'very sad, shocking tragedy' and dismissed reports that there had been a chase before the fall. It nevertheless, to this cruising sailor, it seems a strange thing for a sailor to do - climb the mast - when there are customs officers on board.

After the sailor's death the vessel was taken to Newlyn in Cornwall, where a search found 200kgs of the Class A drug cocaine.

A Border Force spokesman has since said: 'Following a search of the yacht, Windrose a substantial quantity of cocaine, approximately 200 kilos, was found.

'It is estimated that the drugs could have had a potential street value of around £20million.

'The drugs have now been removed from the Windrose and taken to a secure location for further analysis. An investigation is ongoing.'

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which investigates public bodies with policing powers, which is yet to decide if a full investigation is necessary.

The solo sailor is believed to have sailed into United Kingdom waters from Lagos, Portugal in the steel-hulled yacht.


by Lee Mylchreest

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=111245

10:22 PM Tue 25 Jun 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US