Ohana-uli was a well traveled Lagoon 440
. They left Australia
last season and did a 3,000 mile transit through Indonesia
. Then a crossing of the Indian Ocean
, that got short circuited by a Covid lockdown in the Maldives
. When that became undesirable tbey sailed direct to Tanzania. A few months in Tanzania and the skipper
having a bout of malaria had them leave to head
back east to the Seychelles
after it opened up to cruisers.
There was a low east of N Madagascar
that was teacking west. It had some enhanced winds on its SW side that funnelled north up the NE side of Madagsacar. When Ohana uli was about 250 miles east of Tanzania they setoff their 406mhz Eprib and reported taking on water
ship was directed to their position. At some currently unknown point they took to the liferaft
. After the ship arrived a rescue was attempted in conditions reported to be 35kts and significant seas. The raft was damaged in the rescue attempt and the occupants ended up in the water, and eventually lost
Probably the only thing you can learn from this right now is a reenforecment that a rescue by a large commecial vessel is extremely dangerous.
( this is very raw for the family
and many cruising friends, please respond appropriately)