List of people who disappeared mysteriously at sea

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Throughout history, people have mysteriously disappeared at sea, many while on voyages or traveling via aircraft. The following is a list of known individuals who have mysteriously vanished in open waters, and whose whereabouts remain unknown. In most ocean deaths bodies are never recovered, but this fact alone does not make their disappearance mysterious, for example the RMS Titanic was not a mysterious disappearance.


Date Person(s) Age Missing from Circumstances Refs.
c. 1291 Vandino and Ugolino Vivaldi Atlantic Ocean Genoese sailors and explorers were lost while attempting the first oceanic journey from Europe to Asia. Their two galleys sailed out of the Mediterranean Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean but were never heard from again. [1]
c. 1346 Jaume Ferrer Atlantic Ocean Majorcan sailor who sailed down the west coast of Africa in search of the "River of Gold". [2]
1499 John Cabot 49 Northwest Passage Cabot, an Italian explorer, disappeared along with his five ships during an expedition to find a western route from Europe to Asia. [3]
1501 Gaspar Corte-Real 51 Northwest Passage Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real disappeared on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage from Europe to Asia. Two of his ships returned to Lisbon but the third, with Gaspar on board, was lost and never heard from again. [4]
1502 Miguel Corte-Real 54 Northwest Passage Corte-Real, a Portuguese explorer, disappeared while searching for his brother Gaspar. Like his brother he took three ships and, just like his brother, the ship with Miguel on board was lost and never heard from again. [5]
1526 Francisco de Hoces Pacific Ocean De Hoces was the commander of the San Lesmes which was one of the seven ships of the Loaísa expedition under García Jofre de Loaísa. It has been speculated that the San Lesmes, last seen in the Pacific Ocean in late May, may have reached Easter Island, the Polynesian archipelagos or even New Zealand. [6]
1579 Ikegusuku Antō East China Sea A bureaucrat of Ryukyu Kingdom, Ikegusuku Antō was sent by ship to China to ask for postponement, but his ship was caught in a storm and disappeared at sea in 1579 and was never seen again. [7]
1611 Henry Hudson Northwest Passage Hudson went on multiple expeditions of present-day Canada and parts of the northeastern United States, searching for the Northwest Passage. In 1611, after wintering on the shore of James Bay, Hudson wanted to press on to the west, but most of his crew mutinied. The mutineers cast Hudson, his teenage son, and seven others adrift; the Hudsons and their companions were never seen again. [8]
1638 Urasoe Chōri Satsuma Domain A member of Sanshikan, Urasoe Chōri went on a boat trip to Satsuma, but his ship was caught in a storm and disappeared in the sea. He is believed to have drowned. [9]
1671 Roche Braziliano 40–41 A Dutch pirate born in the town of Groningen, Roche Braziliano, whose career lasted from 1654 until 1671, when he disappeared during that year, and was never seen again. [10]
1769/70 Henry Vansittart 37 Indian Ocean Vansittart, MP and director of the East India Company, Luke Scrafton and Francis Forde formed a delegation to investigate corruption and reform the British government in India and were last seen embarking at Cape Town en route to India on 27 December 1769. Their ship disappeared with all hands, apparently in a storm, the captain having decided to sail the Mozambique Channel despite adverse weather. [11]
Luke Scrafton
Francis Forde 51
1780 William Palfrey Atlantic Ocean William Palfrey was an American Patriot born in 1741. He went missing after getting lost at sea in December 1780 following a business trip to France. .[12]
1788 Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse and his expedition Botany Bay, Australia The French expedition of Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de Lapérouse disappeared after their last stop at Botany Bay (now Sydney) after meeting ships of Britain's First Fleet bringing convicts to establish the new settlement that became Australia. The wrecks of the expedition's two ships, the Boussole and Astrolabe), were subsequently discovered at Vanikoro, an island in the Santa Cruz group (part of the Solomon Islands) where the survivors may have set up camp. [13][14]
1803 George Bass 32 Port Jackson, Australia The British explorer of Australia set sail from Sydney for South America and was never heard from again. [15]
1812 Theodosia Burr Alston 29 Coast of South Carolina, U.S. The daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr, and sometimes called the most educated American woman of her day, sailed from Georgetown, South Carolina, aboard the Patriot, which was never seen again. [16]
1821 Obed Hendricks Pacific Ocean Sailors on the whaler Essex, which sank in the Pacific on 20 November 1820 after being struck by a sperm whale. Their whaleboat was separated on the open sea from their fellow crewmen on 28 January 1821, it was never seen again. Years later, a boat with three skeletons inside was discovered washed up on Ducie Island, but were not identified as being theirs. [17][18]
William Bond
Joseph West
1845 Franklin's lost expedition Victoria Strait The expedition, with 129 seamen, made last contact with a whaling ship before entering Victoria Strait in search of the Northwest Passage. The remains of some individuals, written messages and the wrecks of the ships HMS Erebus (in 2014) and HMS Terror (in 2016) were later discovered. However, the majority of the crew, including Franklin himself, were never found with the crew having probably died from a combination of lead poisoning, starvation, and exposure. [19]
1872 Captain Benjamin Briggs 37 Atlantic Ocean near Azores Briggs, his wife Sarah, their daughter Sophia, and all seven crew members were missing when the Mary Celeste was found adrift in choppy seas some 400 miles (640 km) east of the Azores. Their unexplained disappearances are at the core of "one of the most durable mysteries in nautical history". [20]
Sarah Elizabeth 31
Sophia Matilda 2
1880 Lamont Young 28–29 Bermagui, Australia Young, a government geologist inspecting new gold fields on behalf of the New South Wales Mines Department, together with his assistant Max Schneider, boat owner Thomas Towers and two other men disappeared after leaving Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia in a small boat. The nearby location where the abandoned wreck of their boat was discovered was subsequently named Mystery Bay. [21][22]
1884 Resolven Labrador, Canada The merchant ship Resolven was found abandoned off the coast of Labrador on 29 August. A lifeboat was missing and it was assumed that all 11 on board had evacuated in the face of nearby icebergs but neither they nor the lifeboat were ever found. [23]
1898 Yusuf İsmail Nova Scotia, Canada Yusuf İsmail was a professional Turkish wrestler who had competed in Europe and the United States under the moniker Yusuf Ismail the Terrible Turk. He went missing when the SS La Bourgogne sank in 1898. .[24]
1909 Joshua Slocum 65 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S. Slocum, a Canadian-American sailor and first man to sail single-handedly around the world (1895–1898), disappeared after setting sail from Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard alone, bound for South America, aboard the same 36 ft 9 in (11.20 m) sloop Spray he had used for his circumnavigation. [25]
1912 Alexander Kuchin Kara Sea Russian oceanographer and Arctic explorer Kuchin disappeared in 1912 and was never heard from again. [26]
1914 Albert Johan Petersson 44 Bergen Swedish chemist, engineer and industrialist Albert Petersson disappeared in 1914 in Odda, Norway. [27]
1915 Hugh Lane Atlantic Ocean Sir Hugh Percy Lane was an art dealer, collector and gallery director from Irish origin. Lane vanished during the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in May 1915. .[28]
1918 Arthur Cravan 33 Salina Cruz, Mexico A writer, poet, artist and boxer Arthur Cravan was last seen in Salina Cruz, Mexico in 1918. [29]
26 October 1919 Marie Empress 35 Atlantic Ocean Empress, a British silent film actress, was last seen in Stateroom 480 on the SS Orduña the night before its arrival in New York City. [30]
1921 Carroll A. Deering Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S. The captain and ten crewmen of the schooner Carroll A. Deering were missing after the schooner was found run aground off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on 31 January 1921. A mutiny is suspected but without any idea of the crew's later whereabouts nothing can be proven. [31]
1921 Charles Whittlesey 37 Atlantic Ocean The American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient who led the "Lost Battalion" in World War I was last seen on the evening of 26 November 1921 on a passenger ship bound from New York City to Havana. It is presumed he committed suicide by jumping overboard. [32]
1924 Artur de Sacadura Cabral 43 English Channel Portuguese aviation pioneer, Artur de Sacadura Cabral, disappeared flying over the English Channel on 24 November and is believed to have died, since parts of the plane were found, although he was not. [33]
1928 Roald Amundsen 55 Barents Sea Amundsen disappeared with five crew members on 18 June 1928 while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic, over the Barents Sea. The search for Amundsen and team was called off in September 1928 by the Norwegian Government. No bodies were ever found. [34]
8 November 1935 Charles Kingsford Smith 38 Andaman Sea Australian pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge disappeared during an overnight flight from Allahabad, India, to Singapore while attempting to break the England–Australia speed record. Eighteen months later, Burmese fishermen found an undercarriage leg and wheel (with its tire still inflated) on the shoreline of Aye Island in the Andaman Sea, 3 km (2 mi) off the southeast coastline of Burma, which Lockheed confirmed to be from their Lockheed Altair, the Lady Southern Cross. Botanists who examined the weeds clinging to it estimated that the aircraft itself lies not far from the island at a depth of approximately 15 fathoms (90 ft; 27 m). A filmmaker claimed to have located Lady Southern Cross on the seabed in February 2009. [35][36]
Tommy Pethybridge
2 July 1937 Amelia Earhart 39 Pacific Ocean near Howland Island American aviator Amelia Earhart was the first woman to try a circumnavigational flight of the globe. During the attempt she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the central Pacific in the vicinity of Howland Island on 2 July 1937. [37]
Fred Noonan 44
1937 Sigizmund Levanevsky 35 Arctic Ocean Levanevsky, a Soviet aviator, with his crew of five and their Bolkhovitinov DB-A aircraft disappeared in the vicinity of the North Pole on the Arctic Ocean. They had reported a loss of power from one of their four Mikulin AM-34 engines while attempting to prove a transpolar route between Asia and North America commercially viable. [38]
1938 Jimmy Hampson Fleetwood, England James Hampson was an English professional footballer who spent eleven seasons at Blackpool. He went missing after a fishing trip near the Fleetwood coast went horribly wrong. .[39]
25 March 1938 Ettore Majorana 32 Tyrrhenian Sea An Italian physicist, Majorana disappeared in unknown circumstances during a boat trip from Palermo to Naples on 25 March 1938. There is some evidence that he was alive in South America in 1959 and that his disappearance was voluntary. [40]
20 March 1939 William Snodgrass 68–69 Cook Strait Snodgrass, a New Zealand politician, disappeared from the interisland ferry Arahura while travelling overnight from Wellington to Nelson on 20 March 1939. [41]
24 March 1939 Richard Halliburton 39 Pacific Ocean Halliburton vanished while attempting to sail the Sea Dragon, a Chinese junk, across the Pacific Ocean. In 1945 wreckage identified as a rudder, and believed to belong to the Sea Dragon, washed ashore in San Diego. .[42]
3 September 1940 Elroy Guckert 40 An American football and basketball coach who is said to have died in 1940 when he disappeared from a ship but his body was never recovered and he was never seen, so his fate remains unknown. [43]
1942 Boris Safonov Barents Sea Boris Safonov was a Soviet Naval Aviation fighter ace who had received the 'Hero of the Soviet Union' title twice. He crashed into the Barents Sea in 1942. .[44]
16 August 1942 Lt. Ernest Cody San Francisco Bay, California, U.S. U.S. Navy blimp L-8 drifted inland from its route doing antisubmarine patrol off the coast of California near San Francisco several hours after its crew, Lt. Ernest Cody and Ens. Charles Adams, radioed in that they were going to take a closer look at an oil slick. When the ship eventually crashed in Daly City, neither man was aboard. A massive search failed to find any trace of them; they were both declared dead a year later. [45]
Ens. Charles Adams
26 July 1944 USS Robalo crewmen South China Sea Although the U.S. Navy claimed the submarine USS Robalo was lost with all hands after failing to report while on a July 1944 patrol in the Philippines, Lt. Cmdr. Manning Kimmel (31), and three other crewmen are known to have survived. A note recovered by an Army prisoner of war claimed the four had been arrested as spies after reaching Palawan Island following the Robalo's 26 July collision with a Japanese mine just offshore. Another witness account says they were massacred following an air raid later that year but Japanese records do not indicate they were being held at the camp in question at that time. It is believed that they were killed in captivity but officially their fate is still unknown. [46]
31 July 1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 44 Mediterranean Sea French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission during July 1944, is believed to have died at that time. In August, an unidentifiable body, wearing French uniform, was found in the sea near Carqueiranne and was buried there. In 2000, the wreckage of the aircraft flown by Saint-Exupéry was found on the seabed near Marseille. [47]
15 December 1944 Glenn Miller 40 English Channel An American big band leader and recording artist, Miller disappeared on the night of 15 December 1944 in a US Army UC-64 Norseman aircraft that vanished over the English Channel while en route from UK to Paris, France. Miller was on the flight to make arrangements for his band to entertain Allied servicemen. [48][49]
30 January 1948 Sir Arthur Coningham 53 Bermuda Triangle A retired RAF Air Marshal, Sir Arthur Coningham disappeared when an Avro Tudor IV G-AHNP Star Tiger went missing over the western Atlantic.[50] He was one of 25 passengers, together with six crewmen, who were lost when the flight from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores failed to reach its destination of Kindley Field, Bermuda. Star Tiger's sister aircraft G-AGRE Star Ariel also disappeared over the western Atlantic, with the loss of all seven crewmen and 13 passengers, while flying from Bermuda to Kingston Airport, Jamaica, the following year. [51][52]
7 February 1953 The five crew members of the Holchu Indian Ocean The Holchu, a small cargo ship, was sighted adrift in the Indian Ocean on 7 February 1953, around 200 miles (320 km) south of the Nicobar Islands, by HMT Empire Windrush. She was later boarded by the crew of a British cargo ship, alerted by Windrush's radio warning. They found no trace of the crew and the Holchu was towed to Colombo. Holchu was carrying a cargo of rice and was in good condition, aside from a broken mast. Adequate supplies of food, water and fuel were found, and a meal had been prepared in the ship's galley. The fate of the Holchu's crew remains unknown. [53]
10 November 1955 Joyita South Pacific Ocean On 10 November, the 69-foot (21 m) merchant vessel Joyita was found abandoned, partially submerged and listing heavily to port, north of the Pacific island of Vanua Levu, part of Fiji. No sign of the 25 passengers and crew who had been aboard when it was last seen on its departure from Apia, Samoa five weeks earlier. Extensive investigation has failed to find any trace of the passengers or crew. [54]
10 March 1956 Robert H. Hodgin 31 Mediterranean Sea Three United States Air Force airmen, commander Captain Robert H. Hodgin, observer Captain Gordon M. Insley and pilot 2nd Lt. Ronald L. Kurtz disappeared when their B-47 failed to make contact with an aerial refueling tanker at 14,000 ft over the Mediterranean Sea. While the unarmed aircraft was transporting two different capsules of nuclear weapons material in carrying cases, a nuclear detonation was not possible. [55][56]
Gordon M. Insley 32
Ronald L. Kurtz 22
29 April 1956 Lionel "Buster" Crabb 46 Portsmouth Harbour Crabb, retired British Royal Navy frogman, disappeared during an MI6 mission to spy on the Soviet Sverdlov class cruiser Ordzhonikidze. The coroner concluded that a body (missing its head and hands) in a frogman suit found floating in Chichester Harbour the following year was Crabb's but a positive identification was never made nor cause of death determined. [57]
28 October 1959 Camilo Cienfuegos 27 Straits of Florida A Cuban revolutionary and friend of Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos disappeared when his Cessna 310 went missing over the ocean during a night flight from Camagüey to Havana. [58]
9 September 1961 David Kenyon Webster 39 Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica, California, U.S. Webster was journalist for the Los Angeles Daily News, The Saturday Evening Post and a World War II veteran with "Easy" Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (the subject of the book and miniseries Band of Brothers). He went out on a boat near the coast of Santa Monica and disappeared while shark fishing and is presumed to have drowned. [59]
16 June 1962 Private Colin Luke 21 Gibraltar/Straits of Gibraltar A soldier in the 1st Battalion, Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry Regiment, went missing while attempting to swim alone around the Rock of Gibraltar from Little Bay to Eastern Beach. His clothes were found in Little Bay by Police Constable Conroy. Private Gordon Ashworth was the last person to see Colin Luke at Europa Point Barracks before he disappeared.[60]
17 January 1967 Audrey Bruce Currier 33 Coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico American heiress Audrey Bruce Currier and her husband Stephen Currier, wealthy philanthropists described as one of the richest young couples in the world, vanished at sea sometime after 7:30 pm on the evening of 17 January 1967, on a routine 76 miles (122 km) charter flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Their plane, a Piper Apache piloted by John D. Watson (52) of Airplane Charters Inc., was last heard from when the pilot radioed at 7:30 pm for permission to overfly the US Naval base at Isla Culebra, which was denied. The plane was never seen or heard from again. Because the pilot had failed to file a flight plan, the search for the plane did not commence until 5 am, 9 hours after it failed to arrive in St. Thomas. Despite an extensive air-sea search by the US Coast Guard, no trace of the plane or its passengers was ever found. Audrey Currier was a granddaughter of the financier Andrew Mellon and the daughter of senior US diplomat David K. E. Bruce, while her husband Stephen was the son of socialite Mary Warburg. The Curriers had for the past ten years provided millions of dollars in financial support to the civil rights movement in the US through the Taconic Foundation and an umbrella group they founded, the Council for United Civil Rights Leadership. [61][62]
Stephen Currier 36
17 December 1967 Harold Holt 59 Cheviot Beach, Australia Holt, the Prime Minister of Australia, disappeared while swimming in heavy surf at a beach notorious for strong and dangerous rip currents. Despite one of the largest search-and-rescue operations ever mounted in Australia his body was never found. [63][64]
10 July 1969 Donald Crowhurst 36 Atlantic Ocean Crowhurst was a competitor in the Sunday Times Golden Globe single-handed nonstop around the world yacht race. An unexperienced yachtsman, Crowhurst fabricated his progress in the race through fake log entries, the last of which being dated 1 July 1969. His boat was found abandoned on 10 July 1969. [65]


Date Person(s) Age Missing from Circumstances Refs.
21 February 1974 Thomas Leigh Gatch, Jr. 48 (94 as of 2020) Atlantic Ocean, near the Canary Islands The American balloonist Thomas Leigh Gatch, Jr., disappeared while attempting to become the first human to cross the Atlantic by balloon. Only one day after lifting off from Harrisburg Airport on 18 February, his balloon named Light Heart lost radio contact. On 21 February the balloon was sighted by a freight ship about 1600 km west of the Canary Islands; since then no trace of it has ever been found. [66]
9 July 1975 Bas Jan Ader 33 (78 as of 2020) Atlantic Ocean Ader, a Dutch conceptual artist, performance artist, photographer and filmmaker, was lost at sea sometime after 9 July 1975 while attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean from the US to England in the smallest boat ever. His deserted vessel was found off the coast of Ireland on 18 April 1976 but offered few clues as to his fate. [67]
October 1977 Slim Wintermute 60 (103 as of 2020) Portage Bay, Washington, U.S. Wintermute, an American collegiate and professional basketball player, disappeared in October 1977, after setting out in his yacht from Portage Bay. His boat was found a few days later with one of his friends asleep on board and foul play was not suspected. [68]
17 March 1978 Eddie Aikau 31 (73 as of 2020) Hawaii, U.S. Aikau, a Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer, disappeared on 17 March 1978 when he got lost at sea on a boat called the Hōkūleʻa and was separated from the boat. He was last seen paddling toward his surfboard and is believed to have drowned. [69][70]
7 July 1979 Ian Mackintosh 40 (81 as of 2020) Gulf of Alaska, U.S. Ian Mackintosh, the creator and writer of The Sandbaggers, a British television series, was flying with two others over the Gulf of Alaska in a light aircraft on 7 July 1979. The plane sent out a distress signal which was picked up by the United States Coast Guard. The plane's last known position was searched, but no wreckage of it was ever found, and its passengers have not been heard from since. [71]
5 August 1980 Alan Addis 19 (59 as of 2020) East Falkland, Falkland Islands The Royal Marine Alan Addis went missing on 5 August 1980. His small unit was on a patrol to North Arm in Lafonia on East Falkland. Addis was last seen at 1:30 am after the marines had attended a local function in the social hall of the remote and small community. He was not missed until the other members of his team had set sail on a steamer to take them back to their base at Port Stanley. The official report assumes he drowned, but investigations and rumours have led to a belief that he was murdered. No body or trace has been found. [72]
October 1980 Angus Primrose 53 (93 as of 2020) South Carolina, U.S. The designer and naval architect Primrose went missing at sea during October 1980 and is presumed to have drowned. [73]
September 1985 Art Scholl 53 California Scholl was an American aerobatic pilot, aerial cameraman, flight instructor and educator based in Riverside, Southern California. He died during the filming of Top Gun when his Pitts S-2 camera plane failed to recover from a spin and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. Scholl had entered the spin intentionally in order to capture it on film using on-board cameras. Observers watched the plane continue to spin as it descended past the planned recovery altitude. The plane impacted the ocean about five miles off the coast, near Carlsbad, California. The exact cause of the crash was never determined. Neither the aircraft nor Scholl's body were ever recovered. [74][75]
21 May 1995 Larry Hillblom 52 (77 as of 2020) Mariana Islands Hillblom, a co-founder of the DHL Worldwide shipping company, was on board a plane that went down in the Northern Mariana Islands on 21 May 1995. The bodies of the pilot and other passengers were found but no trace of Hillblom has ever been found. His house in Saipan was found to have had areas where DNA might be found washed down with acid and artifacts with DNA traces buried in the backyard in an apparent effort to prevent any possible claimants to his estate from proving Hillblom had been their father. [76]
12 November 1995 Bruno Bréguet 45 (70 as of 2020) Ionian Sea Bréguet, a Swiss-born associate of terrorist Carlos the Jackal, was last seen on a ferry from Italy to Greece 12 November 1995. He is thought to have been murdered as a body that was found in Greece might have been his but authorities remain uncertain. [77]
14 February 1997 Grant Hadwin 47 (70 as of 2020) Hecate Strait, British Columbia Hadwin, an anti-logging activist, went missing 14 February 1997 while traveling by kayak across the Hecate Strait to Graham Island near British Columbia to face criminal charges for cutting down Kiidk'yaas, a rare golden spruce tree revered by the Haida people. The wreckage of his kayak was discovered in June but no trace of Hadwin himself has been found. [78]
25 January 1998 Tom Lonergan 34 (56 as of 2020) Coral Sea, Australia Tom and Eileen Lonergan, a married couple from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States disappeared when they were mistakenly stranded in the Coral Sea on 25 January 1998. Eileen's father, John Hains, later said that he suspects the couple ultimately became dehydrated and disoriented and in the end succumbed to drowning or sharks. [79][80]
Eileen Lonergan 29 (51 as of 2020)
24 March 1998 Amy Lynn Bradley 23 Curaçao, Antilles Bradley, an American passenger on the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas, disappeared while the ship was docking in Curaçao. [81]
3 March 1999 Yves Godard 43 (64 as of 2020) Channel coast, France French physician Godard along with his children Camille and Marius were last seen buying waffles from a street vendor in Bréhec, a small port on the western tip of Brittany. Their rented sailboat was found abandoned in Plouézec the next day. On 7–8 September, blood identified as that of Dr Godard's wife Marie-France was found in their camper van and in the family home. Fragments of the bodies of the three were recovered from the sea bed over the next few years. Godard's wife is still considered missing and the apparent multiple murders are unsolved. The case was officially closed in 2012 with only accidental death eliminated as a possibility. [82]
Marie-France Godard
Camille Godard 6 (27 as of 2020)
Marius Godard 4 (25 as of 2020)
2002 Bison Dele Tahiti, French Polynesia Bison Dele was an American professional basketball player for NBA teams like the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets and more. He is believed to have been murdered by his brother in the sea near Tahiti, French Polynesia in 2002. .[83]
5 July 2005 George Allen Smith IV 26 (41 as of 2020) Coast of Turkey Smith, an American passenger on Brilliance of the Seas, disappeared from the ship and police suspect homicide. [84]
28 January 2007 Jim Gray 63 (76 as of 2020) San Francisco Bay, California, U.S. Gray, a database pioneer, Microsoft Research scientist and Turing Award winner, left San Francisco Bay in his 12 m (39 ft) sailboat Tenacious to scatter his mother's ashes at the Farallon Islands, a wildlife refuge 43 km (27 mi) away. He was reported missing when he failed to return later the same day. No Mayday call was heard and his EPIRB was not activated. Despite one of the most ambitious search and rescue missions of all time, no trace of Gray or his yacht has ever been found. In 2012 he was declared legally dead. [85][86]
February 2007 Andrew McAuley 38 (51 as of 2020) Tasman Sea McAuley, an Australian adventurer best known for mountaineering and sea kayaking in remote parts of the world, is presumed to have died following his disappearance at sea while attempting to kayak 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) across the Tasman Sea. A recovered memory stick on the kayak records him attempting to make a distress call. [87]
20 April 2007 Derek Batten 56 (69 as of 2020) Shute Harbour, Australia Kaz II, a 9.8 m (32 ft) catamaran, was found adrift on 20 April 2007 near Australia's Great Barrier Reef with its three-man crew, owner Derek Batten and brothers Peter and James Tunstead, missing. The yacht's sails were up and its engine was running. The global positioning system showed the yacht had been drifting since around the time of their last known radio contact, about 11 hours after they departed Shute Harbour for Townsville, Queensland, five days earlier. [88]
Peter Tunstead 69 (82 as of 2020)
James Tunstead 63 (76 as of 2020)
9 November 2008 Tai Ching 21 Kiribati The burnt and abandoned wreck of the Tai Ching 21, a Taiwanese fishing boat, was found drifting on 9 November 2008 near Kiribati. It was assumed that when the fire proved beyond their ability to control, the 29-member crew evacuated using the lifeboat and three rafts that were missing. However, no distress call was received and an extensive search of the surrounding seas did not locate any of the crew or the lifeboats. [89]
1 January 2009 Jure Šterk 72 (83 as of 2020) Indian Ocean Šterk regularly communicated with radio amateurs while sailing around the world; but all communications ceased around 1 January 2009 as reported by an Australian ham radio operator. His sailboat Lunatic was spotted on 26 January 2009 by a merchant vessel, the Aida, and it appeared abandoned. On 30 April Lunatic was found adrift with no one aboard by the crew of the science vessel RV Roger Revelle. [90][91]
22 March 2011 Rebecca Coriam 24 (33 as of 2020) Pacific Ocean near coast of Mexico Coriam, an English crew member aboard the cruise ship Disney Wonder, was last seen when a security camera in the crew lounge recorded her having an upsetting telephone conversation. Some reports suggest she went overboard, but there is other evidence that she may have still been alive the following May. [92]
4 June 2013 Evi Nemeth 73 (80 as of 2020) Tasman Sea Nemeth, an American computer engineer often described as the matriarch of system administration, disappeared along with several others aboard the yacht Niña that was between New Zealand and Australia on 4 June 2013. No trace of them has ever been found. [93]
9 September 2018 Daniel Küblböck 33 (35 as of 2020) Labrador Sea The German pop singer disappeared from the cruise ship AIDAluna during a cruise from Hamburg to New York on 9 September 2018. According to a witness, he had jumped off a deck and gone overboard, probably committing suicide. Despite an intense search, he was not found, and the search was abandoned after eighty hours as it was deemed impossible that he could still be alive. [94][95][96]


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