As expected, my visit to local police office in Puerto Princesa Palawan, the most likely departure point, was fruitless. They really had no idea what I was talking about.
I read a conflicting report on the web they left here April 25, 2014 and were headed "island hopping" on way back. There are many unpopulated islands to visit.
The most logical conclusion is while ashore their boat broke anchor
. Right now they may well very be waving at passing boats.
1. Date left
Sandakan, Kudat, or Kota Kinabalu.
Note: All reports say returning... That makes KK most logical.
3. Was their yacht found floating April 23 when another souce says they left April 23???
4. Location condition yacht.
5. Status amchor and dinghy
. Maybe they are adrift with a stalled dinghy
6. Report said they sailed with group of boats. Who? Why no contact between vessels? This sounds like reporter invention.
7. Why term "tourists"? That implies not their boat.
P.S. Appears local Coast Guard got 5 or 6 brand new speed boats. Two days ago I watched them making high speed donuts and having what looked like a very nice time in Palawan.
My attempts to tell them of fleet of Chinese fishing
boats in Sulu Sea were ignored. Repeated calls on 16 ignored and directly waving and shouting at them yielded only the reply I had a nice yacht and they didn't want to get too close and mar my Own int.
I leave from here in two hours in same direction but intend to round Southern tip of Palawan then head
up Western side.