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Old 25-07-2010, 12:24   #1
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Urgent ! 'Varka' Pulled Off Rocks at Methoni !

I have just (together with some local fishermen and another boat owner) pulled a German registered boat “Varka” home port Hamm off the rocks at Methoni in the Southern Peloponnese, Greece. I believe it is a Halberg Rassy 35.

The boat appears deserted, but is obviously in urgent need of attention from the owner. If anyone knows the owner, please let them know of the situation.
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Old 25-07-2010, 12:41   #2
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Hats off to an honest man trying to help!
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Old 25-07-2010, 15:04   #4
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John, I would guess there is a Greek "Coast Guard" who in turn can contact the German "Coast Guard" (whatever the correct agency is in both nations) who will be able to run the registry information and contact the owner quite rapidly.
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Can only find one yacht on the ITU Mars database and she appears to be from the UK. Shame because it would have given a way of contacting the owner, via the ITU.

Particulars of Ship stations

BTW, CF members may like to check there own details.

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Thanks for everyones help.
This morning someone was aboard and has moved the boat from the mooring we attached it to, so it looks like all is well.
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"has moved the boat"
Doesn't mean a lot. It could be that mooring belonged to someone else--and they moved it off--or someone from the mooring field moved it because that mooring isn't designed for that big a boat.
Call the authorities, if no one can be located, you've got yourself a boat by right of salvage.
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I have just (together with some local fishermen and another boat owner) pulled a German registered boat “Varka” home port Hamm off the rocks at Methoni in the Southern Peloponnese, Greece. I believe it is a Halberg Rassy 35.

The boat appears deserted, but is obviously in urgent need of attention from the owner. If anyone knows the owner, please let them know of the situation.
Thanks
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I hope whoever is onboard is the rightful and grateful owner.

I would suggest you advise the local coast guard authorities of your actions as early as possible.

Maritime law is fairly well established and very strict. I can think of circumstances that may turn your well meant initiative into a sour experience.
Stay close to the assisting parties - fishermen and 'other' owner - and report on the incident to the appropriate authorities. The local fishermen would know who and where they are.

My best guess is Pylos.

Well done anyway.
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Hey John!!

Great rescue

Sorry we missed you in Methoni when we were there.
Why the hell is that place on the top secret list? Methoni should be listed as top shelf crusing destination. We loved it! Quiet, non touristy, free, scenic, good bus to Athens for sight seeing... and a safe bay - Dunno how anyone could drag onto rocks!?!?


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You just listed all the reasons it was top secret...but not any more you bone head..
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Thanks for the help. After talking with the locals it seems everything is OK with the yacht.
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Hey John!!

Great rescue

Sorry we missed you in Methoni when we were there.
Why the hell is that place on the top secret list? Methoni should be listed as top shelf crusing destination. We loved it! Quiet, non touristy, free, scenic, good bus to Athens for sight seeing... and a safe bay - Dunno how anyone could drag onto rocks!?!?


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Sorry we couldn’t catch up as well
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The boat broke is mooring. The holding here is great, providing you avoid the rocky patches. The sand is better than the hard sand of the north Ionian. its been a long time since I have seen CQR anchors properly set.
The anchorage is surrounded by a Venetians fort built in 1125.
Here is a photo of the bay and fort from a local restaurant on the beach.
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ahh - was there as a tourist in 1992 - would like to go back by boat.
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You just listed all the reasons it was top secret...but not any more you bone head..
Oooops!

OK well now its out I better warn folks of the water. Its far too clear. You can miss it and walk totally off the rocks and get wet!


(her legs are normal... its just a weird effect of the water clarity)
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And here we all thought that was permanent deformation from all the butt kicking shes given you over the years..Thanks for clarifying...

Your living the life Mark...Hope to participate a little someday.

PS: Looks like a good place to drill for some oil..
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