South African catamaran crew goes missing during voyage to Thailand

 A South African catamaran crew on a voyage to Thailand have not been heard from in a month and a half, concerned family members said on Monday.

The families of Anthony Murray, Reg Robertson and Jaryd Payne believe there is real cause for concern as the yachtsmen last made contact via satellite phone on January 18, they said in a joint statement.

Based on the yacht's co-ordinates at the time — in international waters around 2190 miles north-northwest of Perth, Australia — the estimated arrival date was February 2.

“On February 12th, the family of Anthony Murray reported his catamaran as overdue to the Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) in Cape Town.”

The same day, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued an “all ships broadcast”, seeking sightings reports. The broadcast also encompassed the maritime safety areas of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and India.

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