Search continues for Scottish businessman missing off Egyptian coast

Colin Finnie's yacht, Simba, was discovered only 350 miles from his destination on Dec. 1, 2019. (boatwatch.org)
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Updated 08 January 2020

Search continues for Scottish businessman missing off Egyptian coast

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities are searching for a missing businessman from Scotland whose yacht was found near the Egyptian coastal city of Marsa Alam. 

Colin Finnie was on a solo voyage from Australia, traversing the Indian Ocean, to Port Ghalib, in the Southern Red Sea city of Marsa Alam. 

His yacht, Simba, was discovered only 350 miles from his destination on Dec. 13 – six days after he last contacted his loved ones on Dec. 7.

The Egyptian Coastguard found the unmanned 45-foot-long yacht after it apparently had come into contact with a coral reef. 

According to the Boat Watch website, his transponder – a device used to broadcast the location of vessels – had last "pinged" on 25 October, when it was at Christmas Island.

Finnie’s wife appealed to everyone with information on her husband to help her, after she expressed her concern in a post on Facebook.

She said: "My husband, Colin Finnie was heading towards Port Ghalib in the sailing boat Simba, a Nauticat 44.

"I lost contact with him last Saturday 7th when he was 300 [nautical] miles away from his destination. He was in storms and low on fuel.

"I have been in contact with Foreign Office and Coastguard and the Egyptian authorities are actively looking for him. I know it's a long shot but I am trying everything. Sorry to post bad news."
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are supporting the family of a British man reported missing while sailing in the Red Sea and are in contact with Egyptian authorities."


Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

Updated 6 min 36 sec ago

Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL: Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the UAE and withdrawing its ambassador over the Gulf state’s accord to normalize ties with Israel, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
The Turkish foreign ministry said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behavior” in agreeing such a deal, which recasts the order of Middle East politics.
Under the US-brokered deal, the first between Israel and a Gulf Arab country, the Jewish state agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian leaders have denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.
“The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached. Now, Palestine is either closing or withdrawing its embassy. The same thing is valid for us now,” Erdogan said, adding he gave orders to his foreign minister.
“I told him we may also take a step in the direction of suspending diplomatic ties with the Abu Dhabi leadership or pulling back our ambassador,” he told reporters after Friday prayers.
The Foreign Ministry had earlier said Palestinians were right to reject the deal in which the UAE betrayed their cause.
“History and the conscience of the region’s peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior,” it said. “It is extremely worrying that the UAE should, with a unilateral action, try and do away with the (2002) Arab Peace Plan developed by the Arab League.”
Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years. In 2010 Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
The deal makes UAE the third Arab country to establish full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.