|

Australian Yachtswoman is missing at Sea

Carmel Brookes, who was at the helm of a Phuket-bound sailboat when she mysteriously disappeared last Thursday

 

CHIANGRAI TIMES – An Australian yachtswoman is missing after reportedly falling overboard while sailing from Malaysia to the Thai resort island of Phuket.

How Carmel Brookes, 60, came to fall overboard in apparently calm seas is unclear.

Ms Brookes was on a yacht called Moondancer with her partner, Gerry Goeden, when she vanished at night off the coast of Trang in Thailand.

The Koh Rok island group (outlined in red) lies about half way between Langkawi Island and Phuket. It is part of the Koh Lanta Marine National Park in Krabi waters

Dr Goeden, a marine biologist, searched the area for almost a week before sailing to the Thai resort island of Krabi yesterday.

The couple, who were living in Penang, Malaysia, were on what friends said was their ”dream trip”.

Ms Brookes’ body has not been recovered.

Ms Brookes, formerly of Brisbane, worked for many years in the Department of Foreign Affairs, with postings that included Jakarta and Hong Kong.

One of her friends, Michelle Black, from Toowoomba, said: ”We cannot understand it, as Gerry is a very experienced yachtsman.

”Carmel was a wonderful person who had retired to Penang … she had been excited about making the trip to Phuket. She was living her dream.”

Ms Brookes and Dr Goeden had part-owned a sailing business in the Whitsunday Islands before selling up and moving to Penang.

Dr Goeden, an Australian citizen formerly from the United States, activated a person-overboard beacon on the night of February 2, which was then noticed by yachting friends in Australia.

The Thai navy has called off a search for Ms Brookes’ body.

Comments

comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Short URL: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/?p=5683

Posted by on Feb 10 2012. Filed under Tourist in the News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Photo of White Beach in Boracay, Philippines

In Loving Memory of His Majesty the King

Photo of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Learning Thai with Jen