The mystery of the Virgin of the Sea II is over. Five days after Maritime Rescue and the Air Rescue Service of the Air Force (SAR) initiated a search device on the coast and waters of Mallorca to try to locate the missing ship and skipper on May 17, the Algerian police He reported that the sailboat had moored in a port in the African country and that the only crew member on board was in good condition.
Twenty-four hours after releasing moorings from its base at Lonja Marina Charter, located next to the fishing port of Palma de Mallorca, the boss’s family warned that he had no news of his. Shortly after, a Maritime Rescue vessel tracked the bay of Palma in search of the Virgen del Mar II and already on Saturday were added Salvamento and SAR air resources. The search did not give results and, after checking that there was no signal from the emergency radio beacon of the boat, an alert was sent to all the yacht clubs and marinas of the Spanish coast, France, Italy, Algeria and Morocco, as well as to the boats that sailed in the area.
On Monday afternoon, Algerian police reported that the sailboat was in a port in the African country and that the boss was in good condition.
According to Gaceta Náutica published, the search operation was suspended as soon as the Civil Guard investigations pointed out that the sailboat could be in a marina abroad. Agents of the Armed Institute questioned the last people who saw the Mallorcan boss – identified as Joan FM, 46 years old – without anyone noticing anything strange in their behavior.
The Civil Guard verified in some images recorded by a security camera that the boss embarked a bicycle before setting sail and found his two mobile phones on the ground, always according to the specialized publication. It has also transpired that Joan FM filled the fuel tank at a gas station in the port, which does not agree with the version of the skipper, who said he went out to sea to sail a few hours and that before nightfall he would return to port.
The Virgin of the Sea II is a wooden motorboat of 16 meters in length launched in 1957. With a capacity for 12 passengers, the boat can be rented to go out in the bay, anchor in coves or make dives.