I spoke to Colin yesterday. The latest I
have is as follows:
Colin was taken off the “Charlie Rossiter” on Saturday afternoon
[Feb 18, 2006], by the crew of the fisheries protection ship “Dorada”,
which was diverted from routine duties to find him. They were
to run a firing exercise when Colin requested assistance.
They took around 2 hours to reach his position. The sea state
was dangerous, with a 15m swell in high winds. The “Dorada”
bravely put an inflatable in the water which took Colin off.
Because conditions were so bad, Colin left everything on board
and abandoned ship. It was judged too risky to get a tow
attached and the decision was taken to sink the “Charlie
Rossiter” to prevent it becoming a “navigation hazard”. This
they then attempted to do with their guns (20mm canon) and
although holed, the “Charlie Rossiter” refused to sink and was
eventually left to drift.
Colin was returned to
the same day. I can confirm he has abandoned his attempt to
circumnavigate the Antarctic and is flying back to the
next Saturday (first available flight). Colin also confirmed he
left all 4 Argos beacons on board with the rest of his