SA yacht goes missing

2012-04-16 08:50

Johannesburg - A South African yacht has gone missing in the Indian Ocean near northern Mozambique.

Beeld reports that there are seven people on board the Dandelion. Two of them are South Africans, including skipper John Sergel, who is from Durban.

A plane from the EU's anti-piracy force in Djibouti started searching for the yacht on Sunday, while other boats and ships have been asked to be on the lookout for the yacht, which is feared to have been taken by pirates.

Yacht owner Roger Hartley said the yacht had been on a pleasure cruise and people from America, Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands had been on board.

The yacht left from the island of Mayotte at 15:00 on Tuesday and has not been heard of since.

The yacht was supposed to have reached Pemba in northern Mozambique on Friday but never arrived. No word or message was received from anyone on the yacht.

Authorities from the different countries representing the passengers have become involved in the search for the Dandelion.

The yacht is fitted with several communication systems, none of which have been used to report on the yacht’s location.

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  • Christopher - 2012-04-16 08:57

    Don't people learn...Somali's playground for this kind of thing..

      Rob - 2012-04-16 09:00

      I'm not sure which would be worse, lost @ sea or in the hands of these so called pirates. I hope this has a happy ending, I really do. So tired of the bad guys coming out tops all the time.

      Omega - 2012-04-16 09:20

      To be fair the yacht was off the coast of Mozambique, about 500 nautical miles or almost a 1000Ks from Somalia.The world's navies really should be using these pirates in rubber ducks as target practice.These people have no social graces.

      Christopher - 2012-04-16 09:36

      The Somali prates are getting more brazen and coming closer and closer to the mozambique territories. This is the area where the last pirating of a yacht with South Africans occured. I personally would not be caught dead in a yacht from the North of Mozambique. I know this should not happen and we should be able to travel anywhere, but there are certain places you should not travel to and this is one of them. And I am not a yachty, but there are certain things you must look out for. Until governemnts sort this out, you must be aware of your destinations and surroundings.

      Assegai - 2012-04-16 10:02

      I agree Christopher. It is insane cruising on the Indian Ocean. Why people continue to do this is beyond me. The cost involve freeing them from the hands of the pirates is crazy (if they are in the hands of pirates) You want to cruise on a yacht, go do it on the Mediterranean.

      Mark - 2012-04-16 10:25

      Christopher, sorry buddy but you dont seem to know that somalia is very far away from mayotte and northern mozambique. Dont see any of the "freedom " fighters SADF wanting to go help the AU do anything about it, again the west has to deal with the bread basket case of the world and this is closer to SA than you think. Info from the CIA and Interpol say that a lot of arms etc are originating in SA for these pirates makes you think.

      Bibi - 2012-04-16 11:00

      Honestly guys, do you lock yourself in your homes because there is a high crime rate in SA and never go out? What kind of life would that be if the baddies made us prisoners in our own homes?

      Christopher - 2012-04-16 12:02

      @ Mark. I know exactly how far Somalia is to our neighbours. But this is how brazen they have become. They pirating on our doorstep. Because personally our government does not do anything about it. So this whole region is a soft target for try do that close to the waters of Kenya and that governemnt goes full force and retrieves their citizens through their military, that is why the pirates are coming further down now the African coast.

  • Kala - 2012-04-16 09:08

    This piracy needs to be ended very soon. Not only is it costing the rest of the world millions of Dollars but the pirates weapons are becoming a lot more sophisticated as they get more and more money.

  • Deon - 2012-04-16 09:15

    And our navy does nothing of course - except collect monthly salaries and report promptly for duty in the mess halls.

      En - 2012-04-16 09:49

      The SA Navy has been around that area for over a year, patrolling with everything from frigates to submarines. So please get your facts straight. This is exactly what Sisulu was saying, piracy is moving south....but of course that old hag doesn't know what she's talking about (sarcasm).

      Sam - 2012-04-16 10:21

      Did that bullsh*t comment somehow make you feel better, Deon? What the hell was the point?

      danissa01 - 2012-04-16 10:40

      A very uninformed statement. The SA Navy has been involved in the fight against piracy in the Mozambique Channel for some time now. When you were at home over the Christmas holiday period, there were ships out there patrolling SADC waters and looking after YOUR interests. Do you even have a vague idea about the vast area affected by piracy and the resources required to comprehensively combat the threat? I think not.

      Bibi - 2012-04-16 11:05

      And so they should, if you join navy it is a given that you should work over Xmas, just like nurses, doctors, SAPS etc - they are paid by us to work anyway.

  • Koos - 2012-04-16 09:18

    Where are the Russians? They know how to handle these types.

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-16 09:21

      Indeed, the don't take crap!

      Dianna - 2012-04-16 09:49

      The Russians ? Thats where they probably got their training ...... the Jews would take care of this situation promptly ! They don't mess around...... SA could take a leaf out of their book. Seriously though, assuming that it is an act of Piracy - I think the world must take a stand against these people ..... Hope that it wasn't a rogue wave or some other terrible misfortune.

      Rob - 2012-04-16 09:58

      @Dianna. So true. Israel would never stand for this type of thing anywhere near their coastline. Amazing little country. Reminds me of SA pre 94, surrounded by enemies on all sides, yet standing firm & taking no cr@p !

      Bob - 2012-04-16 10:29

      The Russians just blast them out of the water, the right way to stop this scourge.

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-04-16 09:21

    only for the rich so only the rich get hi jacked cause they have money next time take out insurance

      Jennie - 2012-04-16 13:07

      How can you make such a stupid comment. My daughter sailed the Vasco last year and that does not mean that we are rich. They had 2 young black guys (development sailors) on the radio the other day that were looking for sponsorship so that they can sail the Vasco this month. Get your facts straight before making stupid comments about something that you know nothing abount

      leo.kroone - 2012-04-16 13:21

      the crew were actualy working, filming a resort in Camoros to try promote business

  • David - 2012-04-16 09:21

    Oh no - not again. These pirates have to be stopped.

  • Piet - 2012-04-16 09:23

    Stupiddity never ends....Don't these arsseholes listen,watch or read the news ?? LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE IN THE WRONG PLACE......

      Bibi - 2012-04-16 11:07

      @pieter:Honestly guys, do you lock yourself in your homes because there is a high crime rate in SA and never go out? What kind of life would that be if the baddies made us prisoners in our own homes?

  • Marcelle Riddin - 2012-04-16 09:25

    why even attempt going near those waters im unsure seriously skipper!!!

  • Marcelle Riddin - 2012-04-16 09:28

    Sadly its ppl like the Russians supplying them with weapons. This is as big as the International Drug or Blood Diamond trade... someone will always be on the take and someone will always pay

      Bibi - 2012-04-16 11:09

      @Marcelle: Their weapons are all from Libya these days - bigger and better and long range. All those tons of weapons that has gone missing during the Ghadaffi crisis all ended up in Somalia.

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-16 09:42

    I think the world leaders are pampering these pirates. How can they be defeated by untrained or less trained pirates? if it comes out that the yacht was taken by pirates that means they will soon be operating near durban.

      Piet - 2012-04-16 10:03

      They allready do... It's called Goverment....

      Rob - 2012-04-16 10:23

      @PieterWolf....LOL. The " revelooting " continues. The cANCer of piracy hangs over this country like a huge " dark cloud " & there is no cure in sight as the majority of the victims appear to really enjoy being screwed over time & time again. Sigh !

  • John - 2012-04-16 09:56

    the pirates are becoming more daring as people dont travel in their waters anymore so they are moving southwards, pirate boats are fast and the crews dont care about dying a very difficult crime to police and beat.

      Bibi - 2012-04-16 11:14

      They now use stolen ships/tankers as a base in the Indian oceans there fore they can move further East and South.

  • Sobholenyoni - 2012-04-16 09:57

    At least the skipper was not a BEE type otherwise some Mafias would say he was bribed! hehehehehe

      Grace - 2012-04-16 12:07

      Always ONE village idiot to start the racial wars. Sob use the plank on your shoulder, build a bridge and jump!

      Sobholenyoni - 2012-04-16 12:25

      Grace - Are you done making Madam's coffee?

  • Michael - 2012-04-16 10:18

    Guys, the whole piracy thing is a speculation, so stop getting ahead of youself. Hope the yacht did not encounter technical problem and all will be recovered healthy - though 3 days paint a dim view.

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-04-16 10:28

      I agree that there could be a tec problem, but yachts have SSB radios and epirbs these days.

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-04-16 10:22

    I spent the last year near Pemba and saw yacht \Dandelion\ a few times. It is a beautiful area and because the SA navy is in the area it is deemed quite safe. It is also a long way from Somalia. Tell me how come with all the modern tec we have that we cannot eradicate this scum. Piracy was squashed in the 1800 why not now. We have gone soft and instead of blowing these pricks out of the water. We arrest them and put them in nice cosy jails with hot water,TV and three square meals a day. What do they have to lose?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-16 10:35

    I believe it can be at sea or due to pirates. Too early to tell. Saying this I would like to remind all of that Mozambique soldiers on a small boat that shot a fishing boat with a RPG or something. Maybe we must help their country with the right equipment. They seams to have enough guts to take on these pirates.

  • Bibi - 2012-04-16 11:03

    Here where i live suspected pirates get shot and left at sea these days. Unfortunately they now have the means (stolen boats and Libyan arms) to go further south and east. the only positive from all this is that the Korean and Chinese are avoiding the East African fishing waters where they were destroying the African stocks.

  • Marcelle Riddin - 2012-04-16 11:14

    29 Dec 2010 Somali pirates hijacked 2 (not 1) ships 20 nautical miles apart simultaneously near Beira.... nothing is to be presumed safe until they are! Too many international citizens on 1 yacht to NOT be a goldmine for them... logically

  • Gary - 2012-04-16 12:35

    the yacht has arrived safely in Pemba after experiencing motor problems. It is highly unlikely that pirates will venture as far south as Pemba.

  • Lorraine - 2012-04-16 12:38

    this is extremely irresponsible reporting. you have absolutely no facts about this yacht at all. the Captain John Sergel is a good friend of mine and in fact i have booked a charter on this yacht later this year and all this type of reporting is doing is wrecking the reputation of the beautiful travel destination that the Indian Ocean islands offer. CHECK YOUR FACTS - LORRAINE STEWART

  • AB.VILJOEN - 2012-04-16 12:39

    The Yacht and crew has been found. All well. No details yet but will post as soon as I know!

  • Neil - 2012-04-16 12:43

    Boat has been found and all are safe 12.30pm today

  • Andrew - 2012-04-16 13:01

    And another yacht crew safely rescued.

  • pembadivecamp - 2012-04-16 19:16

    They are fine! I have just spoken to John today. They should drop anchor in Pemba tonight.

  • Keegsvb - 2012-04-16 21:35

    Sailing in the area at the moment on the cargo ship M/V Black Rhino, will be sure to keep a good look out!!!

  • Keegsvb - 2012-04-16 21:40

    Sailing in the area at the moment on the cargo ship M/V Black Rhino, will be sure to keep a good look out!!!

  • Keegsvb - 2012-04-16 21:40

    Sailing in the area at the moment on the cargo ship M/V Black Rhino, will be sure to keep a good look out!!!

  • Sheddon - 2012-04-17 16:44

    These guys are all safe, they arrived in Pemba Moz last nite.

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