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Old 20-05-2017, 11:15   #1
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ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

Was looking and searching for the Latest News of this Lost vessel Is there post about this I cannot find Here on Cruisers Forum ?

Interesting story as that Hit Something an the Husband Below was found safe and wife is Still missing as she was at the Helm at time,

If there is a Current ongoing Post on this Please point me in the direction

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Old 20-05-2017, 18:15   #2
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

First time I've seen it mentioned on CF.

I did a quick google search and this is all I found:

Search for Delray woman missing at sea reaches third night

Lots of things sound strange about that story.
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Old 20-05-2017, 18:29   #3
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Old 20-05-2017, 19:52   #4
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

I agree Love to see the other hull to see what type of Impact damage is there
Seems they would have investigated the Boat and the other Hull.


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Old 21-05-2017, 17:26   #5
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

This was a very tragic accident, that others should learn from. It shows the danger of sailing at night in poorly charted, shallow waters.


No trace of Delray woman missing at sea after search's second day
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Old 21-05-2017, 17:51   #6
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

The article states they were "30 miles west of the Bahamas and in water more than 4,000 feet deep when the boat struck an object near the surface."
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

I agree Cormorant

Has anyone reported if they Have searched the Boat ? The pictures of that Boat up side down with the mast I doubt it hit something in shallow waters

Seems they would have searched the vessel

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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

My first thought was a submarine as it appears it was a really hard hit
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

or a cargo container.
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"U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said divers have not yet gone inside it, which would be a dangerous proposition, but did bang on the hull and feel confident no one is alive in it."
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

I recently read that the FBI is also investigating the incident.
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

What type of cat is it? To me it is a big no no not to have flotation in the hulls for positive inverted buoyancy.
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

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My first thought was a submarine as it appears it was a really hard hit


Lord I hope not, I know one years ago hit a Japanese fishing vessel which astonished me, I thought surely they knew everything in the water for at least 10 miles or so?
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Re: ReSearching Catamaran Lost Off CAY SAL S/V Surf into Summer

Seems the CG has lost contact with the locator beacon they placed on the hull:

Family says Coast Guard has lost boat missing Delray woman was on

NEW: Family says Coast Guard has lost boat missing Delray woman was on

Eliot Kleinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
5:18 p.m Monday, June 5, 2017 Local News

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Monday it has lost track of a potential crime scene: the catamaran on which Isabella Hellman was last seen before she vanished.

And a relative of the suburban Delray Beach real estate broker said Monday authorities have told the family the boat is gone, sunk in more than 4,000 feet of water.

Lewis Bennett has told the Coast Guard he was awakened early on May 15 after the 37-foot Surf into Summer struck something about 30 miles west of Cay Sal in the Bahamas, and came topside to find the vessel was taking on water and his wife of three months, and the mother of the couple’s 9-month-old daughter, was gone. A four-day search failed to find Hellmann, 41.

Read The Post’s complete coverage of the disappearance of Isabella Hellmann

The FBI has so far, including on Monday, refused to address any inquiries, either general or specific, beyond its initial confirmation on May 26 that it and the Coast Guard were conducting a “missing person investigation.”

Neither agency has said whether Bennett is a target of their investigation or even if they suspect foul play.

But on May 23, at the couple’s condominium, near Atlantic Avenue and Florida’s Turnpike, men wearing powder-blue latex gloves searched Bennett’s car and questioned him as he stood nearby, said a neighbor, Anne Fennimore.

And on Thursday, the condo’s front door was sealed with yellow FBI evidence tape. On Monday, the tape was still there, and mail on the ground and notes jammed into the doorjamb suggested Bennett has not been back.

A friend has said Hellmann’s family fears Bennett, and the baby, have left the country. Friends of the family, and neighbors at the condominium, both have said the couple fought often over Bennett’s desire to take her and the child to Australia.

The family has started a “find Isabella” page on Facebook.

The Palm Beach Post has been unable to reach Bennett, 40, a dual British-Australian citizen with few ties to Florida. Hellmann’s family spoke briefly at the start of the search but has since declined to speak to the Post, except for Monday’s brief exchange. The relative, who did not want to be identified, did not identify the agency that said the boat had sunk.

The Coast Guard has said it was Bennett’s responsibility to retrieve the boat and that the agency had marked it and sent out a “navigation hazard” advisory. But spokesman Eric Woodall said May 26 that the electronic beacon stopped working, so the Coast Guard could not say where the boat was.

On Monday, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said that “we haven’t had track of it or seen the boat since.”

This is not the first time the Coast Guard has lost track of a high-profile boat. After Tequesta 14-year-olds Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos vanished in July 2015, the Coast Guard found and marked their small boat 67 nautical miles off Daytona Beach, and attached a marker, but when the agency returned, the craft had vanished. A spokesman said at the time that the marker buoy “did not work properly.” A Norwegian ship found the board bobbing off Bermuda in March 2016; the boys never have been found.

On May 24, the Coast Guard’s Woodall said Wednesday that responders inspected the boat “the best they could from the surface” and never saw what it might have struck. Woodall said it was too dangerous for anyone from the Coast Guard to go inside the vessel and that divers banged on the side but no one answered. He said the agency did not believe Hellmann’s body is inside.

Woodall did say at the time that the hulls had neither visible holes nor obvious places where water could have filled them, just deep scrapes at the back ends of each. A Coast Guard photo shows the catamaran upside down with one pontoon below the surface and the other above the water line. Another shows the entire boat floating just below the surface.

Asked Monday if the Coast Guard ever inspected the boat close, the Coast Guard’s Lally said, “I haven’t heard that we did.” Asked it any other agency did so, or perhaps has possession of the boat, he said, “I wouldn’t have any more information.”

On May 28, according to reports, Bennett contacted Boca Raton police to stand by while he retrieved property he said relatives of Hellman took from the condo after she vanished.

“Someone has entered my property and taken some of my items. I believe it’s my sister and mother-in-law,” Lewis Bennett tells city dispatchers on a recording.

At the home, one of her sisters screamed accusations that Bennett killed her sister, the report said.

Bennett has told a DailyMail.com reporter at his condominium that federal investigators “haven’t accused me of anything” but that “I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”
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