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Oman Sail calls off search for missing sailor
October 15, 2015 | 9:56 PM
by Staff Reporter
Oman Sail has called off the search operations for its sailor who went missing nine days ago in Croatian waters.
 
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Muscat: Oman Sail has called off the search operations for its sailor who went missing nine days ago in Croatian waters.

"It is an immensely sad decision that today; nine days after the man overboard incident, the search has stopped. Today we will accompany Mohammed’s father and uncle back to Muscat to be with their family at this tragic time. The Italian and Croatian coastguards remain on alert," a statement from Oman Sail said.

“We are completely devastated,” said David Graham, Oman Sail Chief Executive Officer “Mohammed [26] has been a sailor and sailing instructor with Oman Sail for many years, he was a cherished member of the team with a hugely positive approach and passion for the sport. He was a highly respected colleague and will be greatly missed. We are doing everything that we can to support his family at this difficult time.”

Mohammed Al Alawi was reported as the Man Overboard on Wednesday 7 October, pre-dawn, just south of Pula in Croatia. The MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail was on a delivery from Lorient, France to Trieste in Italy for the Barcolana. A combined search effort between the Croatian coastguard and Oman Sail began immediately using all means available: aircraft, RIBs, the MOD70 and coastguard launches.



Time and tidal patterns prompted the search to shift to the Italian side of the Adriatic Sea between Ancona and Rimini yesterday. The search in this area continued today. Using a light aircraft, we searched the coast and coastal waters and sadly, once again, without results.



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