Coastguard Finds Missing Sailors Sunk Boat

CENPublished: April 5, 2018
Published: April 5, 2018

Divers have found the wreckage of a small boat off the popular Spanish tourist island of Majorca which had been missing along with its sole occupant since Good Friday.

They confirmed that it was the ‘Semental III’ but said there was no sign of its 37-year-old Argentinian skipper who has been named only as Cesar Alberto C.

The 11-metre (36-foot) sailboat was found just three metres (10 feet) from the coast in nine metres (30 feet) of water near the small resort of Cala Sant Vicente.

It was spotted by a harpoon fisherman who alerted the Salvamento Maritimo coastguards who first sent up a helicopter to verify the sighting from the air.

They then sent a patrol boat with divers to the scene who quickly identified the Semental III from its name plate.

Police had previously applied for a court order to try to locate Cesar Alberto C. and his boat through the geolocation of his mobile phone.

The Argentinian was last heard of when he messaged his partner via WhatsApp to say his sail had broken, he had suffered engine failure and was close to the coast of Majorca.

Cesar Alberto C. was trying to sail from the town of Salou on north-eastern Spain's Catalonia region to the Balearic island of Ibiza.

He had only just bought the boat and was not yet familiar with it, although he had recently obtained the necessary qualifications to sail it.

Unfortunately he picked a bad day for his journey. He hit a storm which was so bad that the initial search for the boat could only be undertaken by air.

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