Cape Town man found alive at sea in Indonesia
Family and friends of Brett Archibald are overjoyed by news that Brett has been found alive and well, although sunburnt and dehydrated, after almost 27 hours adrift at sea without a life-jacket after going missing overboard from a boat in Indonesia while on a surfing trip at the Mentawai Islands (a chain of seventy islands off the Western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia).
Brett had been sea sick on the boat NAGA LAUT and at around 05h00 (INDONESIAN TIME on Wednesday 17th April) he had disappeared overboard in rough seas about 20 nautical miles from land.
After a massive search and rescue effort he was found drifting at sea by the surf charter motor sail yacht BARRENJOEY (an Australian surf charter boat and crew) at around 06h30 (Indonesian time – shortly after sunrise) (about 00h30 South African time), 12 nautical miles East of Sipura Island.Brett had drifted approximately 10 nautical miles in a Westerly direction for approximately 27 hours before being rescued.
NAGA LAUT, the boat he had gone missing from, raced to rendezvous with BARRENJOEY at sea but not before Brett’s wife, Anita, and family were contacted with the good news.
Brett will be taken to Padang, West Sumatra, aboard NAGA LAUT to be assessed medically and if his medical condition requires he will be airlifted to hospital in Singapore.