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TransAtlantic, Tenerife to Barbados: Boat of missing Dutch sailor found, but no sign of skipper

By Sue Richards — last modified Apr 09, 2014 10:56 AM
Contributors: Thanks to Cees Heim for passing on this latest news to noonsite.
On January 15th 2014 experienced Dutch sailor Sietse Hagen left his home port in Tenerife heading for Barbados in the Caribbean. Since his departure, nothing had been heard, until yesterday when a Dutch vessel discovered the yacht mid-Atlantic.

Published: 2014-04-09 09:00:00
Topics: Atlantic Crossing , Safety and Medical , Messageboards
Countries: Morocco , Canary Islands , Netherlands

TransAtlantic, Tenerife to Barbados: Boat of missing Dutch sailor found, but no sign of skipper

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Sadly, there was no trace of 70 year old Mr Hagen.

A Dutch ship en-route from Savannah (United States) to Agadir (Morocco) found Mr Hagen's yacht on Monday 7 April,  approx. 2000 kilometers from the Moroccan coast .

The crew of the ship tried to get in contact with the yacht, but there was no response. When the ship's crew went on board the yacht, no one was present. However, the documents of Mr. Hagen where found.

Mr Hagen's yacht "Pokerface" is a 27ft Gib'Sea Flush Poker with no dinghy or liferaft. The only form of communication on board was a hand held VHF.

Acoording to the captain of the Dutch ship, the yacht was heavily damaged, almost as if it had been beached. They failed to take the yacht "Pokerface" in tow. After taking all the documents and valuables aboard, the captain decided to sink the yacht for safety.

Mr. Hagen is internationally identified as missing .

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