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‘Marco Polo’ found adrift near Indonesian waters

‘Marco Polo’ found adrift near Indonesian waters

PHUKET: Marco Ceferin, owner of the missing yacht ‘Marco Polo’, has confirmed that the 40-foot catamaran had been found adrift near Indonesian waters, some 300km southwest of Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Monday 16 January 2023, 06:51PM

The ‘Marco Polo’, a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40, was found unmanned in Indonesian waters, and is currently underway back to Phuket. Photo: via Radio Thailand Phuket / file

The ‘Marco Polo’, a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40, was found unmanned in Indonesian waters, and is currently underway back to Phuket. Photo: via Radio Thailand Phuket / file

UPDATE: See ’Suspicions raised over ‘Marco Polo’ incident

“Yes, it’s true, and I’m a happy man again, because my lady is back,” Mr Ceferin told The Phuket News in a brief message today (Jan 16).

“A lot of things are missing by the fishermen, but [it] doesn’t matter,” he added.

Phuket Info Center broke the news locally on Friday afternoon (Jan 13), citing a report by MGROnline

The ‘Marco Polo’ was found unmanned in Indonesian waters. Efforts were underway to bring the boat, with an estimated value of about US$300,000 (about B10 million), back to Phuket, said the report.

According to MGROnline, the Phuket office of the Marine Department was notified at about 8am on Friday that the yacht had been found. The Phuket Marine Office as of today still has yet to publicly confirm the news. Mr Ceferin confirmed the report himself directly today.

Thai Residential

Nattida Niamnak, manager of fishing vessel Sor Lap Chollada 32, reported the finding of the yacht, explaining that Chaitong Wongpin on board the boat had spotted two sailboats floating near the boundary for entering Indonesian territorial waters. Both yachts appeared to be adrift, which seemed unusual and worth reporting, said the report.

Acting on instructions from his operator, Capt Chaitong inspected the two yachts and ‘tied up’ to them so they would not float away. The ‘Marco Polo’ was confirmed to be one of the two yachts.

Phuket Marin Chief Mr Nachaphong said that the Phuket Governor had been informed and the ‘Marco Polo’ was on its way back to Phuket, the report said.

The finding of the yacht followed Mr Ceferin appealing to the Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office to publicise information seeking help in finding the missing yacht.

A reward was being offered for information that led directly to the recovery of the missing yacht, Phuket Fisheries Chief Sitthipol Muangsong said.

Mr Ceferin had been searching for his yacht after it was discovered missing, possibly stolen, from Nai Harn on Dec 28.

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agogohome | 20 January 2023 - 18:31:07

Of course it was drifting, given the bodies of the Russians that took were found a few days after it went missing.

Kurt | 18 January 2023 - 10:54:35

To anchor in open water, you should drop lenght anchor chain 3 times the water depth. It is anchor + certain length of chain laying on the bottom what gives 'holding grip'. Yes, some electronic equipment/instruments you can remove, take home when you leave a boat unattended. It is worth that kind of yacht to have always a hired boat watch man on board during absence.

harald | 17 January 2023 - 22:48:31

according to a report from the indonesia navy, the anchor was in the water with only around 10 m of chain and was dragged along by the boat, which probably detached the anchor from the other boat from the bottom. thus clearly anchored in naiharn particularly negligently. also suggests an attempt to cheat by insurance, as well as the fact that expensive equipment appears to have been removed before

maverick | 17 January 2023 - 10:10:44

JohnC@ well of course it was stolen and the perps swam ashore - jeeez there are some know all’s on this forum - let’s  just be pleased for Mr Cerefin 

Pascale | 17 January 2023 - 09:54:38

No JohnC , it clearly not just drifted away . Definitely it was stolen. But it was you accusing the owner of insurance fraud without any evidence ! That's what I call as stupid as it gets. Have a nice day Mr. Know it all !

JohnC | 17 January 2023 - 08:53:16

@pascale. If you think that yacht actually dragged anchor and drifted by itself to Indonesian waters where it was found adrift with another yacht then you are even more stupid that you make out.

Kurt | 17 January 2023 - 08:52:20

Possible not properly anchored at Naiharn Bay?  Is there no rule that anchored vessels 24/7 must have a watch man on board? Drifting from anchor can damaged other vessels.

Pascale | 16 January 2023 - 21:33:22

Guess Mr.JohnC  is busy now wiping of the egg from his face after his false accusations ! Lol !

Fascinated | 16 January 2023 - 19:16:23

Oh dear- that will spoil the serial ranters and conspiraloons day on here, 555.


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