The wife of a Scottish businessman is appealing for help after he went missing a month ago while on a solo sailing trip from Australia.
Colin Finnie, originally from Helensburgh in Argyll, was travelling to Port Ghalib in Egypt and was about 300 miles away when he last contacted his wife on 7 December and told her he was “in storms and low on fuel”.
The 67-year-old’s 44ft-long boat, Simba, was last tracked to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean before it was found on a reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam on 13 December without anybody on it.
Mr Finnie, who is believed to be a retired engineer, used to own the art deco Great Northern Hotel in Aberdeen before selling it in 2017.
His wife, Rosie Kenkead, has made an emotional appeal for information about Mr Finnie on the Port Ghalib Community Facebook group.
“My husband, Colin Finnie was heading towards Port Ghalib in sailing boat Simba, a Nauticat 44,” she wrote.
“I lost contact with him last Saturday 7th when he was 300 miles away from his destination. He was in storms and low on fuel.
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“I have been in contact with Foreign Office and Coastguard and the Egyptian authorities are actively looking for him.
“I know it’s a long shot but I am trying everything.”
Mr Finnie was planning to be in Scotland for Christmas having left Australia on his boat in September, the Scottish Sun reported.
The Boat Watch website, which tracks boats at sea, appealed for information as it gave details of the boat and its last contact.
In a post on Tuesday, it said: “Out of respect, and at the specific request of the family, Boatwatch.org has not been providing additional information on the website.
“If anyone has pertinent information, or may be able to help or assist the family in any way, please contact Boat Watch at Eddie@Boatwatch.org and we will forward the information to the family.
“Thanks to all who have contributed information to the family.”
In another statement, it said Simba has a white fiberglass hull with a pilothouse and her name on the port and starboard bow.
Her call sign is 9MXL3, her MMSI radio identity number is 440 016 150 and she was flying the Korean flag, it said.
Simba’s class B AIS transponder last pinged at 8.23am UTC on 25 October at Christmas Island, Indonesia as she travelled on a course of 267 at 9.1 knots, the statement added.
Boatwatch said it was trying to obtain a satellite AIS position report.
Source : Sky News