Nenad search status - Wed Oct 3 2001
Adrian has gone twice out with a smaller plane (with one refueling
inbetween). The plane scans 1 mi wide strip at a go.
Irish Coast Guard is sceptical about today's search,
they say that even though their planes fly higher,
they have a better chance of spotting a person because of
their infrared gear.
No sign of Lun and/or Nenad so far. However, Adrian was impressed
by visibility - looking from the plane one could even see seagulls
above surface, and he saw the lifeboat that was dropped by the
beacon the first day, moving in the direction predicted by the
The actual location of the boat might be much further downwind
than estimated by the Coast Guard, as their experience is based
on sailboats which have keels and much more drag - several
rowers have been hard to rescue in the past, as the light
rowing boat can move much faster in the wind than otehr boats.
All boats along the coast from tip of Ireland down to England
are on alert.
Nenad search tomorrow - Thu Oct 4 2001:
A small flottila of fishing boats
will go into the area selected by the oceanographer - stream and
wind would have brought Nenad closer to the coast by now -
for the final search attempt.
There will be also one more Coast Guard search attempt (Cesna 404?)
By the evening the weather will become too bad again for
Oceanographer says the waves might have been 30 feet
(60 feet face from tip to the trough). She has not been able
to determine whether they were swells, or breaking waves (which
could destroy the boat).
Boat builder is still confident that the boat did not break. It has
built in flotation (a piece of styrofoam at the nose, wood has
boyancy, even with all the load it should not sink). So not having
found any traces of gear from the boat or pieces of the boat
might be a good sign.
Instructions for the use of the beacon Nenad had: beacon should
be tied 20 feet from the boat (keeping in the boat weakens the
signal), so it was not attached to his lifewest.
The string can break, and has broken for other people.
Beacon can not be activated automatically or accidentaly - that
means that Nenad was conscious when he manually activated it and ejected
it from the boat.
One GPS got waterlogged and broken early on ther trip; satelite email
system was also threatened by the previous storm, so he had to repack it in
a safer spot on the boat. It is entirely conceivable that all his
communication systems could be knocked out by a storm.
Last time Nenad talked to Roko (Sep 27 2001) he said that he had radioed
Coast Guard and requested a food drop. They refused, and told him that
their job is to come in and rescue him were he to request a rescue.
Roko, Sara and Predrag
Oct 3 2001 - Predrag Cvitanovic'