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Lost yacht appears after being lost at sea for 44 days

A yacht that was scheduled to arrive in the Chilean port of Coquimbo on February 27 finally sailed in yesterday, 44 days late.

The 46-foot vessel, SS Colombia and its five crew members were suspected to have all drowned, when no radio contact was made during the earthquake in Chile.

The crew, three of whom were on a skippers’ training course arrived into the port unaware of the earthquake and the tsunami that had occurred. It transpires that the reason for the lack of radio communication was due to, the yacht’s skipper Boguslaw Norwid and his odd behaviour as he would not allow any of the crew to contact their families.

The family of Mitchell Westlake, a 23 year old Australian Naval officer, feared he had drowned when he failed to make radio contact with them. Mr Westlake, Mitchell’s grandfather said that, “They has no idea there was a tsunami or an earthquake until they hit port yesterday. They only sighted land once and that was about 5 or 6 days ago when they sailed past Robinson Crusoe Island.

Martin Neufield, the husband of the Canadian Crew member, Josee Chabot was overjoyed by news of his wife’s survival but completely furious about Mr Norwid’s behaviour. He told the Montreal Gazette, “We’re considering taking legal action” as Mr Norwid would not let the crew contact their families after they set sail from Ecuador.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7095095.ece

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