Monday, April 23, 2007

Ghost Ship Found

Authorities discovered an apparently abandoned yacht floating off the coast of Australia over the weekend. On board, they found the engine running, a laptop computer still on, and place settings and food on the table, ready to be eaten.

What they didn't find was any sign of the crew.

The yacht had left, bearing a crew of three, Sunday before last (April 15) and was destined for Townsville. The radio still worked and all the sails were up, but one was badly torn.

Reports like this, while rare, are not unheard of. The torn sail would seem to suggest some kind of bad weather or turbulence, but if it enough to rip the sail and throw all three men overboard, it seems only logical that it would have done more damage and moved more objects. It seems like the laptop would have been upset or, at the very least, the table laid for dinner.

Rescue workers ended their search for the men yesterday (Sunday the 22nd) due to medical experts' assertions that no man could survive that long in the open sea.

Perhaps not ironically, the History Channel ran a report on USOs (Unidentified Submerged Objects) earlier tonight.

One rescue worker spokesman said, "It was a bit strange."

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