Has a crowd-sourced satellite search located three South Africans lost at sea?

Cape Town, South Africa (Traveller 24, March 24, 2015)–The families of three South African men who have been lost at sea for more than two months have had a glimmer of hope thanks to a Tomnod satellite search.

Anthony Murray, Reginald Robertson and Jaryd Payne were reported missing by their families, when they disappeared from radars on 18 January after failing to reach their destination in Phuket, Thailand, Health24 Man reports.

The three men left Cape Town on 14 December to deliver the Sunsail RC044-978 catamaran they were sailing to its new owners in Phuket.

Shortly after they were reported missing, family members launched a satellite search using the crowd sourcing platform Tomnod as well as a Facebook page called ‘Searching for Anthony, Reg and Jaryd.’

The civilian satellite search will assist a joint search already being conducted by Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Cape Town, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and TUI Marine, to whom the vessel was going to be delivered.

According to reports, they had enough food supplies for 65 days, but have been at sea for more than 80 now.

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