Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Update: Hopes fade for missing Bideford yachtswoman

PUBLISHED: 21:49 15 October 2012

Coastguard rescue officers from North Cornwall and North Devon will conduct a shoreline search for the missing yachtswoman.

Coastguard rescue officers from North Cornwall and North Devon will conduct a shoreline search for the missing yachtswoman.

Archant

Discovery of wreckage in Cornish waters thought to be that of the boat purchased by 65-year-old solo skipper.

COASTGUARD teams searching for a missing Bideford yachtswoman have discovered the wreckage of a yacht in Cornish waters.

An investigation is under way to establish whether the boat is that of 65-year-old Ona Mary Unwin, who has not been seen or heard of since leaving Mousehole at 6.30pm on Saturday.

A large-scale air and sea search involving at least three RNLI lifeboats, Coastguard rescue teams and search and rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and RAF Chivenor was launched at first light this morning (Monday).

At lunchtime, Falmouth Coastguard discovered debris, thought to be that of the missing yacht Seagair in Sennen Cove near Lands End.

Later this afternoon, the coastguard confirmed the search for the solo skipper had been called off.

Mrs Unwin is understood to have bought the £32,000 31ft yacht in Falmouth on Thursday. She sailed to Mousehole in her newly-purchased vessel on Friday and set off for Bideford, apparently against advice of local sailors, on Saturday evening.

She would have charted a course around Lands End and back along the North Cornwall and North Devon coast but the alarm was raised when she failed to make contact with relatives as expected.

Steve Huxley, search and rescue communications manager, Falmouth Coastguard said: “The woman departed Mousehole on Saturday evening onboard her newly purchased vessel.

“We understand that she was heading for Bideford. We have been unable to find her and are very concerned for her safety.”

Members of the public who may have seen or heard from the skipper of the Seagair should contact Falmouth Coastguard on 01326 317575.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

42 minutes ago

A cafe, skate park and performance plaza are among ideas proposed to remodel Pilton Park in Barnstaple if the River Yeo is diverted

Read more

Route 39 Academy has lodged a formal complaint with Ofsted after it placed North Devon’s first free school in special measures.

Read more
40 minutes ago

The Queen’s Theatre will host Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers in April 2018

Read more

The man was spotted some distance from rescuers on the cliffside, and had to be winched to safety by the Coastguard helicopter.

Read more

North Devon’s first free school, Route 39 Academy, held an urgent parents’ meeting last night after being rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

Read more

Work on a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A39 in Roundswell, Barnstaple, is set for completion at the end of August.

Read more

North Devon will be hosting the Great Purple Weekend for Over and Above - find out what events are happening near you.

Read more

Join the big beach clean at Saunton Sands, with free parking and a barbecue for all involved.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:51

Pictures from the colourful parade through Bideford to celebrate the first Pride and Diversity Festival in North Devon.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:28

The Voice has opened a brand new studio in Barnstaple - take a look at our timeline of the history of The Voice, and watch the video from the opening event here.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications