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Northern Atlantic, Ireland: Abandoned boat recovered

By Yachting Monthly — last modified Jul 25, 2013 10:20 AM
A solo sailor rescued from his 35ft sloop mid-Atlantic in June, asked Yachting Monthly to help him locate his boat. After his appeal, his boat has at last been recovered off County Donegal in Ireland.

Published: 2013-07-25 09:00:00
Topics: Safety and Medical
Countries: Iceland , United Kingdom

Northern Atlantic, Ireland: Abandoned boat recovered

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Update posted 25 June, 2013

Following an appeal in Yachting Monthly to find a reader's abandoned boat, the missing 35ft sloop has been recovered off County Donegal in Ireland. Dino Silva contacted Yachting Monthly and asked them to help him find his boat.

A dive boat skipper found the yacht drifting 13 miles off the coast and towed her into Downings at Fannies Bay. It is not known if he is hoping to claim salvage. YM understands the boat is uninsured and Mr Silva put all his life savings into her purchase.

Mr Silva, 41, was sailing Lua, his DIY-built aluminium yacht from his home in the Azores to Iceland when his steering failed. He used a satellite phone to call for assistance and Falmouth Coastguard re-directed a German freighter to take him off.

The boat was abandoned at 53 degrees latitude and Dino was put ashore in Philadelphia, US.

'She is part of my life,' he said.

See appeal posted in June below:

Northern Atlantic: Please find my boat
Posted 28 June, 2013

As reported by Yachting Monthly

Dino Silva, 41, was on passage from his home in the Azores to Iceland when the rudder of his aluminium yacht, Lua, failed. He managed to repair it five times before it became inoperable.

Then, using a satellite phone, he called Falmouth Coastguard and asked for help. A German freighter was directed to his position, took him off and dropped him in Philadelphia, USA.

"All my life is on that boat. I sold my house to build her. She is part of me, she's like a child to me," he said.

He was on Lat 53 when he abandoned her and believes she is now somewhere between Scotland and Iceland. Her EPIRB was taken off the boat at the Coastguard's recommendation, but in any case it only had 48 hours' worth of battery.

The yacht is uninsured.

wmftodd says:
Jul 26, 2013 06:02 PM

I have just seen the news report on BBC Northern Ireland that yacht Lua has been saved. Brilliant! I read the plea from Dino Silva I Yachting Monthly earlier this week, and its gratifying y
To know it has ended in success. Todd Navigation, Bangor

Saltyrope says:
Jun 29, 2013 04:01 AM

It is a very hard thing to have happen. Apart from hoping your yacht is spotted perhaps looking at ocean currents and prevailing winds will at least give a possibility of what areas to ask for a look out to be kept.

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