sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : British sailors missing at sea between South Africa and Australia

British sailors missing at sea between South Africa and Australia

'Missing sailors depart Richards Bay in South Africa on Tiana'    .

Grave fears are held for the safety of a British yachting couple who left Richards Bay in South Africa in March heading for Fremantle in Western Australia and have not been heard from since.

Alison Cooper and Barry Garnett posing happily at a function last year in South Africa -  .. .  
Alison Cooper sold her own yacht while in South Africa to join Barry Garnett on his yacht Tiana on a voyage which was to take them into the Roaring Forties to pick up the prevailing winds to carry them across the Indian ocean. They were due to arrive in Fremantle around the 1st May, meaning that they are now 120 days overdue.


Search and rescue authorities in both countries are daily attempting to locate the yacht without success.

‘Unfortunately, our enquiries with next of kin for both parties onboard and port checks in the region have produced no information regarding the yacht or her crew,’ said Craig Longmuir, Senior Search & Rescue Officer (Maritime) RCC Australia. ‘We continue our broadcast to shipping in the area to alert any transiting vessels. ‘I can confirm that Ile de Amsterdam, Ile de Saint Paul, Kerguelen and Crozet Islands have all been checked but there have been no reports of the Tiana,’ he told the Zululand Yacht Club(ZYC) on Tuesday night.

ZYC Commodore, Steve Martin expressed intense concern on behalf of members and friends of the popular couple, who spent the past three years in Richards Bay. ‘Rather than travel the traditional shipping route via Madagascar, to avoid piracy they chose to head due south close to the ‘Roaring Forties' (latitude 40 degrees) before making eastwards for Australia. ‘This means they are not in shipping lanes and are also in very cold conditions which are physically demanding.

‘Their food and water situation is a worry and with each passing day, hope diminishes, but there are positives.

‘Barry is a highly experienced trans-ocean sailor and a sailing instructor who would also have the ability to navigate using a sextant in the event of failure of electronic equipment.

‘Also, the yacht’s EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) has not activated, which would happen in the event of a disaster.’

Martin, who spoke with Alison’s mother in the UK this week, was unable to say at what stage the couple would officially be declared ‘lost at sea’, or who would make such a death announcement.

The family due to receive the yachties in Australia, Mary and Gordon Hemsley are also distraught at the lack of communication. They told South Africa's Zululand Observer they were in constant touch with the authorities and were praying for a miracle.

Anyone with information about the missing sailors should contact their local coastguard, or Sail-World at editor@sail-world.com




by Sail-World Cruising

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88018

11:32 PM Thu 1 Sep 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,














Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




















New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   


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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT