Luck has run out for a couple rescued from their yacht during
a storm, as the boat, which washed up on the NSW coast
relatively unscathed, has been looted.
In November last year Auckland woman Tania Davies, 43, and
her partner Steve Jones, 52, were saved by Hong Kong-based
cargo ship Chengtu after their 11-metre Yacht "Windigo"
rolled in 10 metre swells about 700km southwest of Tonga.
The abandoned boat has since drifted about 2000 nautical
miles southwest, eventually landing near Coffs Harbour with
most of the couple's gear, worth about $60,000, still on
That's when their fortunes changed for the worse.
Within a day of landing on the beach the uninsured ship was
Wet weather clothing, the ship's anchor and chain,
marine-grade solar panels, cooking equipment and other items
were stolen, the ABC reports.
Worse still, it may cost them $100,000 to remove the stranded
And they could be hit with import duty by customs as the
yacht is considered a luxury item.
The couple have appealed for the thieves to return the stolen
goods. They are also asking for help to raise funds for the
"We've got no money, absolutely nothing," Ms Davies told the
"We're in a Catch-22 situation. People have stolen everything
from our home and now they're telling us they want us to pay
to destroy our house."
An amnesty for the return of the goods has been announced by
police, who are investigating three people over the looting.