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Old 26-05-2015, 23:39   #76
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Re: Missing Cat

seems like its just to far for land based helo, so its either a warship is deployed or some good natured soul in the area goes to investigate.
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Old 27-05-2015, 02:32   #77
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cant see escape hatch.
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Old 27-05-2015, 05:32   #78
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cant see escape hatch.
Judging by some of the Leopards (in particular the 46) in the boatyard where I am currently working, the "escape hatch" may be in the central section which is awash in this photograph.
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Old 19-01-2016, 17:14   #79
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Update.

A Brazilian Navy ship - Amazonas - took photos of a capsized hull spotted off the coast of PE. This has led SAMSA to believe it could be the missing catamaran.


http://highwaymail.co.za/210637/poss...ing-yachtsmen/

The family has urged those willing to assist in the search to please contact them via the Facebook page or their GoFundMe campaign, which they launched in June last year. The campaign was to raise the funds needed to get to the upturned hull which was previously sighted. To make donations, please visit the page of the GoFundMe campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/t2md9s.



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Old 19-01-2016, 17:26   #80
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This looks like the same hull that Atoll reported in post 1833903:

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Old 20-01-2016, 08:55   #81
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The hulls are very high in the water. If they survived the initial capsize it is possible they would have survived a long time thereafter. I do not think any hope now though, of course. But I am impressed at the long term survivability inverted of this hull, if specifically equipped for the eventuality. Still I think the overall design flawed for ocean use in extreme weather, in the particular case of the model in question, with large fore and aft flat glazed surfaces and a massive solid overhang, perfect for trapping following seas.
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Old 28-01-2016, 14:48   #82
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Some more information on this.....

http://highwaymail.co.za/211364/upda...-its-way-home/

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The article in the last post is way out of date. The tug towing the cat broke its lines and it has been lost again south of Cape Town. That was about three days ago and it still has not been refound. Very sad for the family.
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Old 01-02-2016, 14:09   #84
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A press release by the families today, February 1
http://www.bloodonthehulls.com
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Interesting read. Unfortunate the relatives feel the need to engage lawyers or search for answers.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:57   #86
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Interesting read. Unfortunate the relatives feel the need to engage lawyers or search for answers.

Monte, that is a rather heartless comment!

The families were forced to engage lawyers as TUI Group, the owners of the vessel, refused to talk to them directly and only through their legal representatives - they had to engage the services of a legal firm!

If your immediate family just disappeared and under questionable circumstances, would you not want to know what happened?
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Monte, that is a rather heartless comment!

The families were forced to engage lawyers as TUI Group, the owners of the vessel, refused to talk to them directly and only through their legal representatives - they had to engage the services of a legal firm!

If your immediate family just disappeared and under questionable circumstances, would you not want to know what happened?
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Monte, that is a rather heartless comment!
The statement is quite emotive. Perhaps it would have been better for the lawyers to have draft it.

These situations are terribly, terribly difficult for the families concerned but also for the authorities trying to do some 'right' thing without a huge expense, and for the people involved in recovering the wreck.

Diving on a boat in the ocean is not a safe thing to do. Rescue divers show absolute heroism to do it to save lives and, imho, I would only ask them when a life is to be saved.

Of course I will be vilified for not urging the SA government to spend huge amounts to recover this boat, but to what purpose? To give families 'closure'. In that country there may be more important things to spend money on: saving lives.

My thoughts are with all the families of all the sailors lost in the last few years, including the 2 killed just days ago off South Africa. Its been a terrible few years.


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Well from the story it seemed the families weren't forced to engage lawyers, but since sunsail had lawyers present they decide to as well. For my family in the same position (me lost at sea with a possible sighting of an upturned hull a year later) I personally would want them to close the chapter and move on, with the knowledge that I was prepared for the possibility of being lost at sea, took full responsibility for my own choices and probably died while doing what I loved.
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^^^^ I concur. About the best thing about having solid proof one is dead is that if you haven't spent it all, then the kids get their turn at some of it. I can certainly understand the coroner's desire to have a corpus there before declaring someone dead.

Ultimately, the company had a job, those guys took it up, and with grievous, grievous results. Very sad. But although I have feelings that are related, I question how relevant they are...

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