‘Mystery yacht’ runs aground without crew on Australian beach



This mysterious yacht was found at Point Hicks in Tamboon, Australia, and authorities do not know who owns it or where they have been.

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A ghost ship has washed up on a secluded beach in South Australia – without a crew, with no known owner and no identifiable markings, police say.

It has been dubbed “the mystery yacht” by Australian media, which note that “the ship’s radio was on and a dinghy was attached”.

Victoria Police said the yacht was found around 2 p.m. Sunday, November 28, “on the beach between Tamboon Inlet and Point Hicks”. A photo shows that the ship was on the side and still intact.

Investigators are currently calling it “abandoned” because no one has been reported missing at sea.

Witnesses told police the yacht was seen with at least one man on board further east in the Mallacoota area “days earlier,” reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“The yacht is described as a white hull on a black hull … approximately 30 feet long with no hull identification number,” police said in a press release.

Investigators have released photos of an unidentified man who “may be able to assist them with their investigations.” The photos do not include clear shots of his face, but show him walking with a backpack.

The discovery sparked a social debate about what kind of intrigue could have caused the crew to disappear – if they are still alive.

“I love a mystery,” one person wrote on Facebook.

“The international drug trade maybe,” said another.

The area between Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet is part of Croajingolong National Park, a wilderness area that “follows the far east coast of Victoria.” It includes ancient forests and giant sand dunes, according to the park’s website.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics such as schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness, and non-profit organizations. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.