BVI-BOUND SLOOP: US COAST GUARD SEARCH COMES TO A HALT

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On 15 November the United States Coast Guard suspended the extensive search that was mounted to find Peter Farrell, a US citizen that had gone missing since he departed  Long Island, US for Jost Van Dyke on 13 October.

According to a Newsday article Farrell and his 1931 William Atkin-designed sloop built in Huntington, which he recently renamed the Blue Dog left Fire Island Inlet bound for the BVI last month. His Rottweiler Sunny was travelling with him.

Farrell was described as an avid sailor with some 25 years-experience. He is said to have sailed from Long Island to the BVI on more than one occasion. Additionally, it was noted that he was set to arrive in Bermuda on 12 November before setting sail for Jost Van Dyke.

The search for the 72-year-old sailor commenced on 7 November and featured the scanning of some 300,000 square miles by airplane. This search included the examination of areas in Long Island, Bermuda and Jost Van Dyke.

According to the article, the search was carried out by the Coast Guard of District of 1 based in Boston. However, it was looked at as a needle in a haystack expedition and last Friday this search was suspended. The article said that the searchers felt that the pursuit had become too expensive. further, it was mentioned that the case remains open, but the Coast Guard was putting the search on hold unless they get new leads.

Meanwhile, Farrell’s family is hoping and praying that all is well. They are especially hoping that a passing ship would have spotted the blue boat in the ocean and be able to give a lead.

The article also noted that days after Farrell had set sail there were reports of a cyclone and tropical storm Nestor. However, his family explained that the experienced sailor has survived bad weather before.

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