One of the biggest dangers of sailing alone is falling overboard and especially if you are not secured by a line. Even with a line it is doubtful, if the the boat is under sail and the ship is making speed , that one will survive. Without a line it must be a horrendous experience to see the boat sailing away on its own. The following happened here yesterday.
The police in the Northern Netherlands are today using boats and divers to search for the sailor who is missing on the Lauwersmeer. The boat with some clothing and personal belongings was found in a search last night, but the man was not. Police don’t know if he went overboard or went swimming. “He was alone,” said a spokesman.
Emergency services were called yesterday that a man who had gone sailing had not returned home. A search operation by the Coast Guard, the The Royal Dutch Rescue Company (KNRM) and the fire brigade started around 8 p.m., in which a helicopter and an aircraft were also deployed.
The search ended around midnight. The case was subsequently handed over to the police. The man’s identity is still unknown.