Gone off the coast of Florida
The Florida Coast Service has stopped searching for the 73-year-old Jim Slawson, who disappeared while participating in the 2020 Water Tribe Everglades Challenge.
The first thing that something was wrong was happening, on March 9 the yachtsman’s son drew attention: the tracker showed that his father’s boat, which had been moving before, like the others, almost sharply south along the west coast of Florida, began to abruptly go south-west . At the same time, Slawson Sr. did not answer the phone, and then fell silent and the emergency beacon on his life jacket.
What happened is a mystery. The coastal service soon discovered the yacht of the 73-year-old yachtsman, but he himself was not there. Over the past days, an area of almost 10 thousand square nautical miles was surveyed – but all to no avail. After which it was decided to stop the search operation.
Slawson, an IT specialist, retired several years ago because he dreamed, as he wrote in his diary, "to realize a distant dream – to sail long distances and see distant lands."
Who could imagine that it would all end like this? ..
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