FACT: The OP could not figure out how to contact the US State Department.
FACT: He said he came up with information about hotels when he tried to locate the US embassy in Algiers.
FACT: He said he was receiving real time GPS
location from the boat but there were no other communications
with the boat or crew for days--even when supposedly on shore. He can use a GPS
but can't do a web search for a federal government
FACT: His major concern was not the safety
or location of the boat at sea but the personal and "political" safety of the boat and crew in Algiers--so he goes to two online forums
for sailors because he cannot have any comms with the boat instead of finding US government authorities. AT that point it was not so much a maritime rescue
situation as it was a potentially political/diplomatic situation.
FACT: Accurate information was given to the OP about contacting the US State Department. He said both numbers were incorrect. They were correct. Why would he have said they were not? How come this fact is disregarded by everyone?
FACT: The OP or someone here spoke of Force 9 winds forcing the boat to divert. I checked actual weather
date from Algiers and found nothing of the sort--only 10-35 knot
winds. The Facebook Page for Malta
(intended destination)weather at https://www.facebook.com/maltaweathersite/notes
shows these forecasts (they are only forecasts and the apparent dates of the boat altering course was april 1-3 but we do not know)
: ESE to E Force 6 (strong).
March 30• Weather Warnings: Nil.
April 1: Weather Warnings: Nil.• Wind
: NNW backing W Force 3 (light).
April 2• Weather Warnings: Nil.
• Wind: WSW Force 2 backing S Force 4 (light becoming moderate).
• Weather Warnings: Wind SE Force 7 from around 6pm onwards.
• Wind: SSE Force 5 backing SE Force 7 (moderate becoming strong).
Weather Warnings: Wind SSE Force 7 till around 3am.
• Wind: W to NW Force 4 to 5 backing SSW Force 3 (moderate becoming light).
So maybe the boat was in Force 9 winds. Maybe sea conditions were horrible. Maybe the boat did divert. Maybe there was no boat at all? April 2 3 and 4 show forecasts for WSW, SSW and SSE which would mean basically coming from Africa/Algiers which would have been very difficult to get to there, (we think they were originally sailing to Malta-yes?) whereas Palma or Spain
would have presumably been downwind. Perhaps they had passed Algiers and turned back downwind? Again, we don't know the facts here but I am trying to ascertain them.
I'm not afraid of the facts or of the calumny here. If and when I am proven wrong I'll apologize here....and my antennae need some polishing so I gotta go. Maybe I should switch to tin foil?