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April 20, 2007

Strange But True: 'Ghost Yacht' Found Off Australia

Topics: International News

Ghost%20Yacht.jpgAustralia's emergency services are searching for the three-man crew of a 40' yacht found drifting off the North Queensland coast. The vessel was found with its engine running, the radio was working, a laptop set up on the table was running, and there was food and utensils set on the table ready to eat:

[...] Rescue crews say they are puzzled by the mysterious disappearance.

"The engine was running, the computers were running, there was a laptop set up on the table which was running, the radio was working... and there was food and utensils set on the table ready to eat," said Jon Hall, a spokesman for Queensland's Emergency Management office.

"It was a bit strange," he added.

All the vessel's sails were up, although one was badly shredded, and lifejackets were still on board.

Mr Hall said rescue workers had recovered the boat's global position system (GPS) device, which might give them more clues as to the crew's whereabouts.

"That will now enable us to track backwards where this yacht has actually been in the last few days, and we're hoping that can pinpoint the search area for the missing crew," he said.

Twelve aircraft are now searching for the crew of the boat which is already being dubbed "the ghost yacht".

More here.

Making the disappearance all the more strange is that this is the second 'ghost' ship found in six months.

Posted by Abdul at April 20, 2007 5:33 AM

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