They gave me a position, or coordinates, for an attempt of a rescue,130 or so miles South West of Guadeloupe, near the Venezuelan islands of Los Aves. Over 200 miles from us at the time.
I instantly found a sailboat, and a good friend with a sat phone,who would go on a mission, knowing the dash 8 aircraft out of Curacao, which was still sitting on the tarmac in St.Maarten, was heading back to Curacao. Perfect, the chances of retrieving my boat are looking, okay! The next morning the dash 8 did not find my boat. We left with the feeling that the aircraft would fly again in a few days. Okay, We provisioned this 38 foot German sailboat for 7 days, with two people on board. We took off towards Los Aves, directly south 100 miles or so first.The next day we called the pilots and heard the grim news of no sightings and that the aircraft, which is payed for by the Dutch Government, will be on the ground in Curacao for days, the dangerous and trying search continued as long as possible while keeping in mind duration of search limitations due to provisioning. The rescue ended with two exhausted and hungry men who would have kept searching endlessly if they were able. Droops was gutted knowing they had been so close without finding the boat...hope was just about lost.
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