A Scottish business owner who set off on a 5,000- mile cruising trip has actually gone missing after his boat cleaned up off the coast of Egypt.
Colin Finnie lost contact with family and authorities towards completion of his trip throughout the Indian Ocean from Australia.
The 67- year-old’s private yacht Simba was reportedly found crashed on a reef however he was not on board. The Scottish Sun has actually reported that grandpa Mr Finnie, from Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, was preparing to be house for Christmas when he vanished at sea.
The previous hotelier was last in contact with his household on December 7 when he was simply 300 miles away from his destination of Port Ghalib, Egypt.
A search was launched, which ended in the discovery of the empty 44 ft vessel on the Marsa Alam reef in the Red Sea on December 13.
Mr Finnie was found to have last signalled near to the Australian territory of Christmas Island on October 25.
His worried partner took to social media to make an appeal, stating: “He remained in storms and short on fuel.
” I have actually been in contact with [the] Foreign Office and Coastguard and the Egyptian authorities are actively searching for him.
” I know it’s a long shot however I am attempting whatever.”
A source informed The Scottish Sun: “Colin was preparing to be back in Scotland for Christmas.
” He had actually come a long way and was nearing the final stage of his journey. It’s simply such a shock that this has actually happened.”
M r Finnie was stated to have actually been thrilled about the possibility of bringing the yacht, which costs up to ₤300,000, back on his own from Australia.
He once owned the Aberdeen Northern Hotel, which was put on the market for ₤ 1.5 million in 2017.
The BoatWatch site stated: “The last known contact with FINNIE was on Saturday 07 DEC 2019 when he had to do with 300 NM (nautical miles) away from his location.”
The Foreign Workplace stated: “We are supporting the family of a British man reported missing out on while cruising in the Red Sea and touch with Egyptian authorities.”