|Search for rower off
West coast called off
||Last updated: 01-10-01,
The search for an lone rower
whose emergency beacon was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean last night
has been called off.
Mr Nenad Belic (62)
from Chicago, set out in his boat on May 11th from Cape Cod in the United
States, heading for Bantry Bay.
At 9.30pm on Sunday
his Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated 230
miles west off Ireland.
It was found floating
overnight in the sea by an RAF rescue helicopter but there was no sign
of retired cardiologist Dr Belic, nor of his boat The Lun.
A search continued
throughout today involving Nimrod aircraft and vessels in the area, but
tonight it was called off.
A coastguard spokeswoman
said: "After a thorough search of the area we have not found anything and
so the decision has been made to terminate the search.
"The search units
and vessels have been released to go on with their passage."
She said coastguards
would still investigate and respond accordingly to any future sightings
of, or communications from, Dr Belic.
2001 The Irish Times/ireland.com