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Old 01-22-2009, 06:39 AM   #15
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Unfortunately the weather does not look good in the area. The EPIRB activation was located over 200 miles east of the southern end of madgascar.

SEE WEATHER (22/01/09)
Thank you so much for everything you are doing. It is so hard being so far away (Oregon) and feeling so helpless.
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Keep your chin up!
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:58 AM   #17
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Mixed news I'm afraid.

One man rescued by a merchant ship - name unknown at this stage. The rescued man has told the rescuers that the other two men went overboard without life-jackets. The search is continuing.

Reunion MRCC is co-ordinating the search - Phone: 262 262 434343.

I will update with any further news to hand.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:01 AM   #18
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Mixed news I'm afraid.

One man rescued by a merchant ship - name unknown at this stage. The rescued man has told the rescuers that the other two men went overboard without life-jackets. The search is continuing.

Reunion MRCC is co-ordinating the search - Phone: 262 262 434343.

I will update with any further news to hand.
Well, that is positive in that one of them is alive. It doesn't sound very promising for the other two. Thank you for the update.
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The man that was found is Leo Sherman. He was found clinging to the boat and is hopefully now receiving medical attention. Apparently, divers are going to search the boat more thoroughly.

We are still hoping that my dad (Joe Strykowski) and Quen Cultra could be out there on a raft or the dingy - or clinging to something. I feel caught between joy and despair. Having hope but wanting to brace myself against the awful blow that might be coming.

One hopeful thing...the rescuers apparently noticed that there were more civilian ships in the area than normal. It makes me feel that, if they are out there, they will be found.

Thank you all so much. Especially "Lighthouse."
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We are all pleased that Leo has been found and is, hopefully, recovering from this ordeal. We will, of course, be far happier when we get the news that all three have been saved.

In a situation like this it is difficult to give hope whilst trying to be objective. As an ex-rescue leader myself I know well the circumstances. You do right to brace yourself but do not give up hope.

On behalf of all the moderators I can say that our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times.

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We are all pleased that Leo has been found and is, hopefully, recovering from this ordeal. We will, of course, be far happier when we get the news that all three have been saved.

In a situation like this it is difficult to give hope whilst trying to be objective. As an ex-rescue leader myself I know well the circumstances. You do right to brace yourself but do not give up hope.

On behalf of all the moderators I can say that our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times.

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Thank you, Stephen. We are so touched by the support that we have found from this community.This is the kind of thing you read about in stories and your faith in mankind is restored. We are so grateful.
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Hi Nicole

There is nothing to thank me for - I just tried to find some information for you - it was no trouble at all. We are all cruisers and we feel for you.

Thank you for posting the information that you managed to confirm.

I (and all of us in this cruising community) are holding thumbs for you that your dad is alive and well, possibly inside the overturned hull.

If I get any new information I will post it here and trust that you will do the same to keep us all up to date.

Chin up!
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Nicole-

I am a news reporter in Champaign, Illinois. We heard about your father and his crews situation. I'd like to get more information out to more people as soon as possible to have people on the lookout.

Some of the families of the men live within our viewing area, if you could help me get in contact with someone I could do an interiew and then get this information on the news today, it then could go nationwide to get more people aware and looking.

I hope this helps, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

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As moderator, I have refrained from deleting the above post as it may well already have been read by the person it is intended for as she is currently in the forum. However let me raise a word of warning. As I mentioned earlier, I do have a few years experience as rescue coordinator and the only thing that will help here is to have more eyes at sea or in the air in the search area.

There is no way that "getting this information on the news today" in Illinois will have any effect whatsoever on the search. The good reporter, unless she has some very influential people willing to help her, will not be able to put ships to sea or aircraft in the air in the Indian Ocean.

I make a plea to all, let the rescue services get on with their job and don't make false promises of putting people "on the lookout". We are all hoping and praying that the two remaining crew members will soon be found and the greatest chance of that happening is if MRCC and the vessels / aircraft in the area can do their jobs without being unnecessarily disturbed.

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Nicole

The only possible further news I could get would be from the South African Maritime Mobile Net in about 8 hours from now - it is the middle of the night in the Indian Ocean now.

Chin up! We're all holding thumbs for you.
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Thank you all for your prayers, thoughts, and help.

Nicole, if you and your sister want to talk- I'm here for you.

Email: melissa.sherman[AT]hotmail.com

Whats the latest you've heard?

We're very thankful and still very very hopeful.
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There is nothing to thank us for Melissa. We are all sailors here and the one rule of the sea which stands fast above all others is that we help each other in times of peril.

I understand that the gentleman who has been rescued is your relative. We all are very pleased for you.

It is the wee small hours of the night in the search area. This will make it almost impossible to find anyone in the water until daylight. We all hope and pray that tomorrow will bring good news for the families of the other two gentlemen.

To all of the families involved, be strong and don't give up hope.

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I just learned that Search & Rescue hasn't happened yet. According to the Coast Guard in Miami, no divers have been in the water yet. The Coast Guard did tell me that Leo said my father, Joe, may be still alive in the boat. He was with my father for a day and a half and then he swam out but my father did not.

With reports that he may be alive in the boat, why were no divers put in the water all day? Is the weather that bad?
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