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

 

Sail-World.com : French Polynesia: Cruising sailor's alleged murderer turns himself in

French Polynesia: Cruising sailor's alleged murderer turns himself in

'Cruising sailor Stefan Ramin whose alleged murderer has just handed himself in to police in Nuku Hiva'    .

The man has given himself up, but the warning to cruising sailors to be cautious in remote locations remains. A French Polynesian goat hunter, who has been on the run in the Marquesas since he allegedly killed one cruising sailor and sexually abused another, has turned himself in to police.

The police had been seeking Henri Haiti since October 9th this year, when he took Stefan Ramin, 41, a management consultant from Haselau, a town near Hamburg, on a goat hunt on the island of Nuku Hiva (See Sail-World story?nid=91456).

Charred bones, bits of flesh and teeth were later found in the remains of a campfire. The teeth were identified as Ramin's. This prompted world-wide mainstream media speculation that he had been eaten. This appears to stem from the history of the islands, where it is well documented that cannibalism - human sacrifice - existed in the past.

Stefan and Heike in happier times -  .. .  
After Haiti returned from the goat hunt alone he then chained up the German sailor's girlfriend Heike Dorsch, a yoga instructor. Ms Dorsch was able to struggle free and raise the alarm, triggering the manhunt. Ramin and Dorsch had been cruising the world on their catamaran at the time of the attack.

The 14m (46ft) aluminum catamaran that the two German cruising sailors had called their 'little house on the water' for the last three-and-a-half years is named the 'Baju.' The sailors wrote on their website that their boat was equipped to discover the 'most remote paradises on earth.' Now it is bobbing in the gentle Pacific swells near a local boardwalk.

Haiti, who worked as a hunter and guide, was able to elude captors for 50 days before he turned up at his father's home intent on turning himself in.

'My son is at home, he wants to surrender,' his father told police in a phone call, the Daily Mail reported. 'In the end the pressure of the hunt was too much for him.'

The world-wide accusations of cannibalism have taken a heavy toll on the islands inhabitants. Locals are deeply offended and experts say such killings are a thing of the very distant past.

Déborah Kimitete, deputy mayor of the island shakes her head in disgust, unable to comprehend the turmoil that has descended upon her community in recent days. 'We feel very angry and hurt,' she says. 'What they did with this story is racism; it's an insult to all Marquesans.'

Since the incident, everything has changed on Nuku Hiva, which is a favourite stopping point for cruising sailors on the downwind 'milk run' across the Pacific. A 17-member special French police unit (the Marquesas Islands are a French territory) searched for Haiti, who was hiding in the wilderness.

'People are afraid,' says Kimitete. 'Something like that normally doesn't happen on this island.' Only about 2,900 people live on Nuku Hiva. The main settlement, Taiohae, situated in a staggeringly beautiful gulf on the mountainous island, has one hotel, two churches, a school and a few small shops.




by Sail-World Cruising round-up

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=91456

7:32 AM Sun 4 Dec 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World









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,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,












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   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   


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