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Colombia, Isla de San Andres: Dutch couple found dead; their yacht found upturned

By Variety of news sources — last modified Apr 12, 2016 11:37 AM
The bodies of Ria and Waldy Finke, an experienced Dutch cruising couple, were found floating off Isla San Andrés, Colombia, on April 1. Their upturned yacht was discovered upturned and grounded on a reef nearby.

Published: 2016-04-04 23:00:00
Countries: Colombia , Netherlands

Colombia, Isla de San Andres: Dutch couple found dead; their yacht found upturned

Courtesy of the Colombian Navy

The bodies of Ria and Waldy Finke, a Dutch cruising couple on the Netherlands-based yacht Talagoa, were found floating off Isla San Andrés, Colombia, on April 1. Although owned by Colombia, San Andrés is off the east coast of Nicaragua.

The Finkes' sloop, a 48-ft steel Van de Stadt design, was found at a nearby cay called Cayo Bolivar, 18 NM SSE of San Andres Island, overturned on a reef minus her keel.

As this point the Colombian navy does not suspect foul play.

The extremely experienced cruising couple had left the Panama Canal on March 25.

According to a Dutch newspaper, the boat was lifted from the water to have maintenance in Colon, Panama. It left the Colon marina on 25th of March. Destination was the Colombian Island of Providencia.

Report (in Dutch) by www.AD.nl

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WalFin
WalFin says:
Apr 06, 2016 05:10 PM

Dear Peter, thank you for your kind words about our parents.
kind regards
waldemar

kewlrunninz
kewlrunninz says:
Apr 06, 2016 06:59 AM

I knew Waldy and Ria when they were here in Comox Vancouver Island for two winters. We became great friends as we were both offshore sailors. I caretook TALAGOA when they went back to Holland, she seemed such a stout and seaworthy vessel.
I am totally broken and shattered as to what happened to them. May they forever sail with the sun and breezes as their companion.
I am trying to understand how the keel came off the hull. Was it welded or bolted, being a steel ship I would assume it was welded.
Peter

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