Mystery Boat Was In a Trans-Atlantic Race
On Friday we told you about a weird looking vessel that had washed up on the beach at northern Ambergris. We didn't know quite what to make of it, but tonight there is an answer.
The San Pedro Sun reports that the vessel is named Lydia Rose and was being used in the Ocean Pedal Challenge by a team which was attempting to pedal across the Atlantic.
However, on day four of their challenge, the crew began experiencing bad weather conditions at sea and had to be rescued via helicopter abandoning the vessel.
Pair’s pedalo washes up in Belize
AN OCEAN pedalo that was abandoned at sea by a Whitehaven duo part way into a cross-Atlantic challenge has been found washed up on a tropical beach on the Caribbean country of Belize.
Friends Kieran Sweeney and Callum McDonald were forced to abandon their pedalo – the Lydia Rose – when they were winched to safety by a helicopter after running into difficulties 300 miles into the 3,000-mile planned journey from Gran Canaria to Barbados in February.
Now, more than six months later, the pedalo has been discovered off the coast of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize – over 4,000 miles away from where it was abandoned.
The local newspaper, The San Pedro Sun, reports the anti-drugs unit of the Belize Police Department was initially called amid suspicions that the craft had been used to transport narcotics.
However, the unit’s chief Elton Bennett found: “After inspection, it was determined that the race craft could not be a drug vessel because of its size and small space. We are convinced of that.”
The newspaper adds that Kieran and Callum’s names – and those of Shaun Sweeney and Stuart Quinn who had also taken part in the challenge during its various stages – are visible on the pedalo.
The Belizean authorities have identified the boat’s owners through the challenge’s website.
The pedalo had been used in Kieran and Callum’s Ocean Pedal Challenge, in which they were trying to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in memory of baby Lydia Rose Sayle who lost her brave battle for life after a heart transplant there. The episode in which the men lost the boat was their third abandoned attempt. They have now made contact with the Belize authorities with a view to having the pedalo returned.