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Old 17-01-2011, 08:15   #1
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A German Single-Hander Goes Missing

Apparently a German single-hander, Bodo Rufenach, attempting circumnavigation has gone missing off the coast of Martinique. A ship named Makanika sighted his yacht, a steel Van de Stad 34, "Balu", under way on autopilot between the islands of Martinique and St. Lucia, with no-one on board.

As far as I've been able to understand, there were tools in the cockpit, laid out and ready to use, as he was attempting to repair the cooling pump on his engine.

The last log entry was dated 8th January...

Here is his blog, Balus Blog

I have been unable to find any news in English, but here are some links to German news articles that you can translate with Google Translate:

In der Karibik verschollen: Die verzweifelte Suche nach Segler Bodo Rufenach - Nachrichten Panorama - Weltgeschehen - WELT ONLINE

Suche: Kein Lebenszeichen von Amberger Weltumsegler :: Homepage - Nachrichten - Oberpfalz & Bayern :: Mittelbayerische Zeitung ::

Seine Jacht trieb herrenlos im Meer: Weltumsegler in der Karibik verschollen - News -
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Old 17-01-2011, 08:48   #2
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Thanks for the heads up, Asmodeane, sad though the news is.
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Sad news to be sure.
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