Nearly four months ago two women and their dogs were rescued from their damaged yacht, Sea Nymph by the US Navy after almost 100 days at sea.
The two sailors were on a journey from Hawaii to Tahiti and during the trip they suffered damage to the yacht and a broken engine. When repeated rescue calls went unanswered they were forced to make an effort to continue to their destination under sail.
In October 2017, a Taiwanese fishing vessel found the yacht drifting some 900 miles south east of Japan, this resulted in the pair being rescued and taken onboard USS Ashland.
It is fantastic news that the women and their animals were rescued but nothing was done to salvage the yacht and so it has spent its the past weeks and months floating the oceans unnoticed. This was until it was spotted recently by Dee Caffari's Volvo Ocean Race team, Turn the Tide on Plastic during Leg 6 from Hong Kong to Auckland.
"We were sailing within sight of Brunel and to weather we saw another yacht close to our track. We looked through the binoculars as there was no sign on the AIS software and we contacted race control. We called on the VHF with no response and race control confirmed there was no active SAR in the area. We sent up the drone with James, our on board reporter, for a closer inspection and to get some identification for the vessel.
"We collected some images and sent them back to race control and they confirmed the vessel was the abandoned vessel, Sea Nymph.
"I just hope now we have given authorities her position there is a chance for salvage or for scuttling her to prevent a far worse disaster in our oceans. We are asking you not to litter the oceans with plastic and here we have a whole yacht floating aimlessly in our oceans!"