...and is then sunk by the Irish Navy.
Article from The Telegraph
The owner of the abandoned yacht had hoped to be reunited with his boat after being told it had been spotted off the UK coast.
A yacht owner, hoping to be reunited with his abandoned boat after learning it had sailed itself across the Atlantic to the UK, had his hopes dashed when the Irish Navy sunk it.
Thomas Mallanut, from Germany, had to desert his 25ft boat after his wife became ill while they were sailing off the coast of Bermuda.
Almost a year later, he was contacted saying the boat, worth tens of thousands of pounds, had been sighted near the UK – nearly 3,000 miles from where the owners had left it.
Hoping to be reunited with his yacht, named Troll, Mr Mallanut travelled to Cornwall where local man David Chidell offered his help.
But today he learned that as the boat drifted past the Irish coast, the Irish Navy were ordered to board the vessel and sink it because it was a hazard to shipping.
Mr Chidell, of Mylor Bridge, near Truro, said: “It's a sad end to the story because I had been hoping to help Tom find his yacht as it drifted past the Cornish coast.