On 7th October 2015 WTE noticed the very sad and shocking news from board of the Trimaran OMAN SAIL (MOD70 class) about a MOB (man overboard) alarm… since then from day to day the hopes are fading as sea temperatures in October front coast of Pula are in average ~20°C.
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10/07/2015: Musandam-Oman Sail, MOD70, skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA), reported a Man Overboard (MOB) at 05:05 Central European Time on Wednesday 7 October off the coast of Croatia (position: 44° 32′ 98N – 014° 02′ 50E). The Italian and Croatian coastguards are assisting with the search and rescue operation for missing crewmember Mohammed Al Alawi (26).
Wind speed at the time of the MOB was 15-17 knots. Mohammed’s family has been notified and Oman Sail team members are with them and supporting them through this uncertain time. We will send an update on the situation when we have more information.
10/08/2015: Further to our report of a Man Overboard (MOB) on Wednesday 7 October at 05:05 Central European Time, we can confirm that Mohammed Al Alawi, 26, went missing just south of Pula in Croatia while our MOD70 trimaran, Musandam-Oman Sail, was en route from Lorient via Marseille in France to Trieste in Italy, to be present at the Barcolana yacht race, as part of our European season.
A combined operation between Oman Sail and the Italian and Croatian coastguards searched the area throughout the day on Wednesday but by nightfall they were unable to find Mohammed. The coastguards and Oman Sail resumed the search this morning and we will provide updates as soon as there is any news.
The absolute priority at this stage is to find Mohammed, and no effort will be spared in the pursuit of that objective. Oman Sail team members remain with Mohammed’s family to support them through this difficult time.
10/09/2015: Our team left the shore at 05.30 this morning to continue the search and get to the pre-determined search areas at first light. The air and sea search team are working in coordination with the coastguard and will be joined by Mohammed’s father and uncle today. The absolute priority at this stage is to find Mohammed and no effort will be spared in the pursuit of that objective.
10/10/2015: The search for our missing crew member, Mohammed Al Alawi, continues. (Twitter news)
Mohammed Al Alawi, 26-year-old crewmember of MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail remains missing this evening following a Man Overboard incident last Wednesday 7 October in the early hours of the morning, pre-dawn, just south of Pula in Croatia while the MOD70 was en route from France to Trieste in Italy for the Barcolana.
Day four and the extensive search for Mohammed continues and the search area has extended into Italian waters; the search team has been a mix of Oman Sail, private search and rescue companies and the Croatian coastguard, using helicopters, airplanes, and boats including Musandam-Oman Sail. Today’s inclement weather of strong easterly winds, limited visibility and rain was not conducive to a detailed search.
Ahmed Al Alawi, father of Mohammed, who is in Croatia with the team said “We [the family] extend our deep gratitude to all who are supporting this search, especially the Omani Government, the staff of Oman Sail, Her Excellency The Sultanate of Oman’s Honorary Consul of Croatia and the Croatian Coastguard who have been exemplary. We have been inundated with heart-felt messages of support which are much appreciated.”
10/11/2015: Five days into our search for Mohammed Al Alawi, our missing Musandam-Oman Sail crewmember, and the area of focus has extended into Italian waters. Croatian and Italian coastguards are in contact to coordinate the next phase. The Croatian coastguard who has worked tirelessly since Wednesday alongside the Oman Sail search team was on standby today to continue looking for Mohammed, but unfortunately, Saturday’s bad weather continued into today and the high winds, bad visibility and rough sea state grounded the search aircraft. Tomorrow conditions are expected to improve and we aim to continue the search from the air.
10/12/2015: The search for Mohammed Al Alawi, our missing sailor, continued for a sixth day today both on the water and in the air and with the combined efforts of the Croatian coastguard and the Oman Sail search teams.
The Oman sail boat and the Croatian coastguard searched the water, and the Oman Sail search team also flew a light aircraft along the Italian coast in the hope of finding Mohammed, sadly without results.
As day six comes to an end, the Croatian coastguard has informed Oman Sail that this will be their final day of searching and they have expressed their extreme regret not to have been able to find Mohammed. David Graham, Oman Sail CEO, said, “It is with immense sadness we heard the news that Croatian coastguards have concluded the search and Mohammed remains missing. That said, we completely understand why and respect their decision, The coastguard have worked tirelessly alongside our crews for everyday since Mohammed was lost at sea. The search has been thorough and extensive and Mohammed’s father, asked me to convey his deepest gratitude for their efforts, and all involved in the search which we, Oman Sail, echo”
The Italian coastguard has put all stations along the coast of the Adriatic on alert.
10/13/2015: We have now moved our search operation to Italy where the search for Mohammed Al Alawi will continue along the Adriatic coast. Sadly today, weather conditions in the area deteriorated with high winds, rain and low visibility preventing the light aircraft from taking off and the search for our missing crew member from continuing. The Italian coastguard has put its stations along the Adriatic on alert and we plan to continue searching the coastline tomorrow weather permitting.
10/14/2015: Weather conditions cleared enough today on the Italian side of the Adriatic for the search for Mohammed to continue using light aircraft with a focus on the coast between Ancona and Rimini. Sadly, another day has passed with no results, but we will continue our search tomorrow.
10/15/2015: In an immensely sad decision and after nine days, the search for Mohammed Al Alawi, has stopped and we are accompanying Mohammed’s father and uncle back to Muscat to be with their family at this tragic time. The Italian and Croatian coastguards remain on alert.
“We are completely devastated,” said David Graham, Oman Sail Chief Executive Officer “Mohammed  has been a sailor and sailing instructor with Oman Sail for many years, he was a cherished member of the team with a hugely positive approach and passion for the sport. He was a highly respected colleague and will be greatly missed. We are doing everything that we can to support his family at this difficult time.”
Mohammed Al Alawi was reported Man Overboard on Wednesday 7 October, pre-dawn, just south of Pula in Croatia. The MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail was on a delivery from Lorient, France to Trieste in Italy for the Barcolana. A combined search effort between the Croatian coastguard and Oman Sail began immediately using all means available: aircraft, RIBs, the MOD70 and coastguard launches.
Time and tidal patterns prompted the search to shift to the Italian side of the Adriatic Sea between Ancona and Rimini yesterday. The search in this area continued today. Using a light aircraft, we searched the coast and coastal waters, sadly, once again, without results.
For updates pls visit: http://os.om/MohammedAlAlawi
The CEO of the Oman racing team David Graham on 9th and 10th October himself (as noted via his personal FB profile): +++ 10/09/2015… Thank you all for the messages of support and prayers for Mohammed. Our team left the shore at 05.30 this morning to continue the search and get to the pre-determined search areas at first light. The air and sea search team are working in coordination with the coastguard and will be joined by Mohammed’s father and uncle today. The absolute priority at this stage is to find Mohammed and no effort will be spared in the pursuit of that objective. +++ 10/10/2015…. It has been four days since we had a man overboard incident with Mohammed Al Alawi off the coast of Croatia and our extensive search has now extended to Italian waters. The search team includes our Oman Sail teams, private search and rescue companies and the Croatian coastguard using helicopters, airplanes and boats. Today’s inclement weather of strong easterly winds, limited visibility and rain was not conducive to a detailed search.
We are very grateful to have Mohammed’s father with us here in Croatia – he has extended his gratitude to everyone who has supported this search, especially the Croatian Coastguard who have been exemplary. He is heartened by the many messages of support from around the world. +++
Such dark moments no sailor want experience any time onshore or offshore. Our thoughts are with the family and close friends of Mohammed and with the whole Usandam-Oman Crew around French skipper Sidney Gavignet. Hopefully we soon get light into the dark how his tragedy happened on a uniquely racing trimaran like the MOD70 class is – existing by its history since 2008/2009.