Missing yacht found adrift

PHUKET: The 12.5-meter yacht Wado Ryu, which went missing from the anchorage off Koh Racha Yai on Friday, was located this afternoon, drifting in waters about 50 kilometers south of Phuket.

The yacht was spotted by another on its way to the Red Sea. The French crew of that yacht radioed the Wado Ryu‘s position to the Phuket-based Mobile Maritime Network, which passed the good news to the crew, who are currently staying at the Shanti Lodge in Chalong.

The position of the boat has been reported to the Marine Police, and the Wado Ryu‘s skipper, Pumo Stappelton, was, at time of posting this story, preparing to go out and recover it.

The boat was initially feared stolen, but it now appears that it may simply have dragged its anchor and drifted off.

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