Missing transatlantic sailor in his 60s’ yacht found adrift with no one on board raises fears
- The “Minke” boat was found adrift off the coast of Ireland, empty.
- Captain Duncan Rousey left Plymouth, Devon, alone twelve days ago.
- It was due to arrive in Baltimore, Ireland on June 22, but has not been contacted.
A 60-something transatlantic sailor’s yacht was found adrift off the coast of Ireland with no one on board, raising fears about the man.
The 25-foot-long boat, called ‘The Minke’, has not been seen or heard since it began 12 days ago under the helm of Captain Duncan Rousey, sailing 300 miles across the Irish Sea from Plymouth, Devon. I didn’t.
The British Coast Guard said the captain, believed to be in his late 60s, had planned a route through the Isles of Scilly and was participating in the Clown Challenge alone.
The other 43 vessels participating in the challenge have arrived safely, and the Coast Guard is seeking public information on the disappearances.
But last night it was found floating at sea, and when rescuers boarded, they found no one on board.
A search will continue in the area.
Originally from Dedham, Essex, Duncan Rousey is an experienced sailor who has made three solo voyages across the Atlantic between Plymouth and the Azores.
The yacht was found adrift at sea, and when rescuers boarded it found no one on board.
It had been feared for some time that the yacht had drifted into the channel and had been hit by a cargo ship in the darkness, but the cargo ship remained oblivious and continued on its way. But those concerns were allayed when the yacht was found unharmed.
The Irish Coast Guard confirmed that Rousey was not found on board during the search.
Originally from Dedham, Essex, Rousey is an experienced sailor who has sailed solo across the Atlantic three times, from Plymouth to the Azores and back.
The yacht broker and shipbuilder has previously made the same trip from Devon to Baltimore, Cork.
In 2010, he took part in the Jester Challenge, a solo voyage on Rustler 31 from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island.
Earlier this week, the Coast Guard filed a new appeal seeking a search for Rousey.
“Minke is a 25-foot glass fiber fork boat with a white hull and white sails. Her sail number is FB597′.
“The captain was participating in the Single Handed Jester Challenge with plans to sail a route through the Isles of Scilly. All other vessels will be considered.
Concerns that the yacht had drifted into the channel and been hit by a cargo ship in the dark were dispelled when it was found unharmed.
“The Coast Guard broadcasts regularly and is coordinating with the Irish Coast Guard, British Police and the RNLI.”
A Jester Challenge spokesperson said in a social media post last weekend, “Despite the best efforts of the Falmouth MCA and the Irish Coast Guard, including a fixed-wing search of the area between the Series River and Baltimore, Minke’s His whereabouts are still unknown,” he said.
“Everyone involved in the search for Duncan and Minke is perplexed by the lack of signs indicating her location.”
“After experiencing a major setback, Duncan still has hope that he’s trying to reach a safe haven.
“This is a particularly difficult time for Duncan’s partner Louise. He has shown great fortitude as he awaits firm news, but the thoughts of all Jester Challengers, past and present, are with her. be.”
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