Date
11 December 2017
Robin Wyatt is seen with his wife (inset) before the ill-fated voyage of the Europa. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Robin Wyatt is seen with his wife (inset) before the ill-fated voyage of the Europa. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Search for yacht missing in typhoon comes up empty

A search by Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service for a yacht missing since it ran into Typhoon Mujigae has drawn a blank, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The Hong Kong-registered 18.2-meter sailing yacht Europa, owned by yacht broker Robin Wyatt, left Hong Kong on Oct. 1 for the Philippines on a delivery trip.

It was expected to arrive at Subic Bay no later than Monday this week.

The Government Flying Service sent fixed-wing aircraft on two operations Wednesday to look for the yacht and its five crew members but found nothing.

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club said Wednesday that Hong Kong’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, a unit of the Marine Department, had confirmed that the yacht’s emergency position-indicating radio beacon had stopped transmitting.

The five crew on board were all experienced yachtsmen: Robin Wyatt and Brian Turner (from Britain), Harry Taylor (Canada), Alan Lundy (United States) and Rudolph Bollozos (Philippines).

Armando Valendez, a colleague of Wyatt, said the yacht was transported to Hong Kong last month from France.

Valendez said he hopes a passing ship has rescued the crew.

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