Police need info on salvaged yacht mast.

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    The following email was received from Darwin Water Police by the KCCYC in May 2014. They have already ruled out the wreck of a Fremantle to Bali race yacht that ran onto the reef at Cape Talbot about July 2013. If you have any info, please contact them directly.

    Greetings Ladies/Gents,

    I am from the Northern Territory Water Police and am seeking some assistance regarding the recovery of wreckage of a yacht by a prawn trawler operating approximately 140NM West of Darwin on Friday the 21st of March 2014.

    The wreckages consists a partial roller furling headsail, white in colour and a signal blue section of mast which I would think would be rather rare and distinctive. The mast section is 150mm in diameter, common for yachts around 36ft in length.

    The trawler has had its gear stuck on the vessel for more than 6 hours and eventually has ripped the mast free from the wreck.

    The recovered wreckage has been assessed by a Senior Curator from the local museum and he advises that the wreckage shows signs of early stage tertiary growth and has been submerged for approximately 8-10 months.

    We have checked our records as well as those of WA Police, QLD Police, Coast Watch, Interpol and the Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Canberra and there are no obvious leads.

    We have also contacted other local cruising yacht clubs and come up with no leads.

    I have been advised that your club and its members could be a potential source of information. I am wondering if you could ask amongst your members either in person or possibly on the forum to cast their minds back to see if they can recall any vessels matching the description of having a signal blue coloured mast passing through your neck of the woods.
    If you could please respond with whatever information you may have, even if that is nothing it would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Wade Rogers I Senior Constable 1st Class
    Water Police Section
    Territory Response Division
    Northern Territory Police – Keeping People Safe
    .. PO Box 39764 Winnellie NT 0821
    .. (08) 89364821 I .. (08) 89470392 I
    .. [email protected] I http://www.nt.gov.au/pfes

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