After attaching the upturned hull, that floated past Port Elizabeth last week, the tug Peridot reported that the tow broke free.
Sunsail – the owners of the yacht – announced today that they intend to carry out an air search today for the overturned yacht which was last sighted off the coast of Cape Town.
Following notification from the authorities on 28th January 2016 that the yacht had been sighted, Sunsail had assembled an operational team with a view to recovering the yacht. Sunsail had been in communication with the relevant marine authorities (MRCC and SAMSA) when the authorities decided to take control of the recovery and dispatched the tug boat Peridot.
The Peridot attached the vessel and started to tow in the in direction of Cape Town, however, it appears the yacht broke free from the tow on Wednesday and the Peridot has since been conducting a sea-search to try and re-locate the vessel.
Sunsail is funding the air search in the hope that the missing vessel can be found. Sunsail’s team in Cape Town are continuing to liaise with the local authorities.
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