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Aussie Sailors Disappear; Sail Shredded But No Clues

Postby JTWood » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:37 am

This is one of the weirder stories I've seen in a while. Maybe RynMan has some more info that he can share about it. I don't know where this is in relation to where he lives, but maybe the local news has more than has been reported on the web.

April 20th Update wrote:Emergency services in Australia have launched a search for the three-man crew of a yacht found drifting off the North Queensland coast.

The Kaz II was found with its engine running, and a table laid for dinner, but there were no signs of any people.

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An air and sea rescue operation has been launched to retrace the yacht's voyage, and pinpoint the search area.

The boat left Airlie Beach on Sunday bound for Townsville on the first leg of a voyage around northern Australia.

The 12m (40 foot) catamaran was spotted by a helicopter on Wednesday drifting off the Great Barrier Reef, but a rescue team only reached the boat on Friday, and confirmed that there was no one aboard.

"The engine was running, the computers were running, there was a laptop set up on the table which was running, the radio was working... and there was food and utensils set on the table ready to eat," said Jon Hall, a spokesman for Queensland's Emergency Management office.

"It was a bit strange," he added.

All the vessel's sails were up, although one was badly shredded, and lifejackets were still on board.

Mr Hall said rescue workers had recovered the boat's Global Positioning System (GPS) device, which might give them more clues as to the crew's whereabouts.

"That will now enable us to track backwards where this yacht has actually been in the last few days, and we're hoping that can pinpoint the search area for the missing crew," he said.

Australian media reported the names of the sailors as skipper Derek Batten, 56, and brothers Peter and James Tunstead, ages 69 and 63.

The three are neighbours in Perth, Western Australia.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the men were planning to sail around northern Australia to Western Australia.

Twelve aircraft are now searching for the crew of the boat which is already being dubbed "the ghost yacht".

April 21st Update wrote:Rescuers searching for the missing crew of a yacht found deserted off Australia's Great Barrier Reef think it may have been drifting since Sunday.

One theory is that members of the three-man crew fell overboard in bad weather conditions, greatly diminishing the chances of finding them alive.

A search now has been scaled back to the north Queensland coast, in the hope that the crew made it to shore.

The Kaz II was found with its engine running and a table laid for dinner.

But there were no signs of any people.
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Postby Coppermine » Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:42 am

My theory; the crew members all went for a swim but unwittingly forgot that someone needed to be on the boat to let them back on.
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Postby Stejay » Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:43 am

My theory- a spy boat kidknapped them and they are held somewhere.
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Postby knapplc » Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:51 am

This sounds bizarrely like the tale of the Marie Celeste.
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Postby joemorgan » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:12 pm

I bet the Kappa got them
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Postby thedude » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:29 pm

knapplc wrote:This sounds bizarrely like the tale of the Marie Celeste.


Funny i was thinking the exact same thing.
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Postby Madison » Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:41 pm

Anyone doubt the existence of aliens now? ;-7


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Postby teddy ballgame » Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:50 pm

Obviously the DHARMA initiative needed more subjects for testing.
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Postby GiantsFan14 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:07 pm

teddy ballgame wrote:Obviously the DHARMA initiative needed more subjects for testing.


haha, beat me to it
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Postby Art Vandelay » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:13 pm

Pirates.

Wasn't the another fancy yacht that was found floating without its crew and with no signs of struggle and nothing apparently stolen out of it a couple of years ago?
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