GOOD HULL: Despite the marine growth covering the hull, it is in remarkably good condition after more than nine months adrift.
GOOD HULL: Despite the marine growth covering the hull, it is in remarkably good condition after more than nine months adrift. Tim Howard

Mystery over yacht deepens

THE Australian Federal Police are looking into claims a yacht washed up on Wooli Beach last week might be stolen.

Our sister paper The Daily Examiner received information the yacht, which has been floating in the Pacific Ocean for nearly a year after it was abandoned near Noumea, could be the same vessel stolen in France almost three years ago.

The paper passed the information it has onto the AFP yesterday.

The dismasted, barnacle-encrusted hull on the beach is the remains of a Grand Soleil 37 11.7m yacht called the Nirvelli. Yacht selling websites estimate similar, sea worthy vessels are worth between US$100,000 and $200,000.

A vessel matching its description was stolen in La Seyne S/Mer, on August 23, 2013.

The wrecked yacht washed up close to One Tree, on the northern end of Wooli Beach.

A French speaking man, who said he was the boat’s owner, arrived in Wooli last Tuesday afternoon, hours after the vessel was discovered.

He refused to comment about the discovery of the boat.



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