Missing Capetonian sailor: Charges withdrawn

2012-09-10 10:26

Cape Town - Charges have been withdrawn against an Austrian man who was arrested in Seychelles after a Cape Town yachtsmen went missing, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that Seychelles authorities withdrew a case of negligence against Stefan Pokorny, of Austria, last week.

This was after he had told authorities that Sean Terry, 48, who grew up in Cape Town, had fallen overboard while the pair were on a yacht in June.

The yacht arrived at Cotivy on June 25 with only Pokorny aboard.

At the time of his disappearance, Terry's family said in a press release that a man-overboard signal had not been activated.

The family told the newspaper that the case was withdrawn as "the incident took place in international waters and is therefore outside of their jurisdiction".

"We cannot believe Sean is missing, presumed dead, without a trial or a full inquiry having taken place to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance," the family said.

The family was seeking legal advice.

  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 10:39

    You want to tell me that when someone falls overboard you cannot turn the boat around and go get them????

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-10 10:43

      Maybe they were taking shifts to pilot the boat?

      Rudolf - 2012-09-10 12:14

      Good answer Christopher!

  • samuelbowker - 2012-09-10 11:15

    Unless the water is dead calm you it's very difficult to locate a small head (because thats' all that shows) in the sea. By the time the boats turned currents have already moved you apart and even a slight swell will hide your head from view. This is in the day, at night it's impossible. They may have been an altercation and one man ended up in the drink, but then again sailing is a risky business and both took that on knowingly.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-10 11:17

      reading this they claim that NO man-overboard signal had not been activated. They were hiding something for sure.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 11:23

      @ samuelbowker - Have you ever heard of shouting for help?

  • sagin.verity - 2012-09-10 11:38

    sounds fishy to me.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-10 12:05

    i knew sean well, and am shocked, he had some great clubs in cape town and really wish his family condolensces

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