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Southern Indian Ocean: Missing sailor Eddie Anker now presumed lost

By Sail-World.com — last modified Sep 30, 2013 12:56 PM
Kiwi sailor Edward Anker left Hout Bay yacht club, South Africa, on the 26th December 2012 with a plan to sail on a 'straight across' route to Australia, and an intended landfall in Australia of Cape Leeuwin, or thereabouts. He has not been seen since. Friends now report that there is no longer any hope in finding Eddie.

Published: 2013-09-29 23:00:00
Topics: Safety and Medical
Countries: Australia , New Zealand , South Africa

Southern Indian Ocean: Missing sailor Eddie Anker now presumed lost

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September 29th, 2013: All active searches for Eddie Anker now stopped

Some months ago, you were kind enough to post a message on your news board about our chum Edward Anker, (vessel Spirit of Rema) missing in the Southern Indian Ocean somewhere between Sth Africa and Australia. Recently the supply vessel, Marion Dufresne was in the area, and kept a watch for possible sightings of him, or his boat. No sightings were made.

MRCC Cape Town, who were the hub of the communcations of the search have now issued this message to us - "We have stopped all active searches for this vessel. The probability of success is just too slim"

We must take this then that they are, in effect, telling us that there is now no hope of finding him. Difficult to grasp at the moment, although I guess we all knew that it was a distinct possibility.

Elaine, Wally and the rest of 'Eddies gang'.

July 5th, 2013: Urgent appeal for whereabouts of missing sailor Eddie Anker

Urgent appeal for whereabouts of missing sailor, Eddie Anker. Sail-World has received this message from concerned friend Elaine Wiltshire: It has been six months now since Eddie (Edward) Anker left Hout Bay, South Africa, with a plan to sail straight across to Australia as previously detailed in the initial report. 

It has been confirmed this week that he has still not landed in Australia, and neither has he made landfall at the islands St Paul/Amsterdam. 

All the relevant authorities, previously notified of his 'disappearance' have been contacted again, and the attached photo of the boat has now been circulated. 

We - all of Eddies friends and family, from Scotland, England, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, and wherever else they may be - particularly those at sea themselves, would all appreciate it if anyone in the area would 'keep an eye out' for him. We just want to know that he is safe.


The background:
Kiwi sailor Edward Anker left Hout Bay yacht club, South Africa, on the 26th December 2012 with a plan to sail on a 'straight across' route to Australia, and an intended landfall in Australia of Cape Leeuwin, or thereabouts.

While it is worrying for friends, this is not the first time that Eddie has been reported missing. At the beginning of January 2012 Spirit of Rema was also reported missing between Madeira and Brazil, having not been heard from since October 2011. In April 2012, he was finally located, safe and sound.

His vessel is the 'Spirit of Rema', an H28 ketch, with no engine and probably sporting red sails - unless these have been damaged and the spare set are in use.

Eddie shuns the use of too much technology, but is believed to have some sort of radio communications, even if only when near shore. He does not have any form of GPS.

He has stated to several of his friends that if he were in trouble, he wouldn't call for help, because he doesn't want anyone else risking their lives to save him - and we must respect this.

If anyone has seen the vessel, or has any information as to the whereabouts of Edward please let his friends know on the email address johnwil@wanadoo.es.

Alternatively, if you encounter Eddie along your way, please ask him to contact 'Wally or Cled' at the earliest opportunity.


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