8 August 2009

Madie Yacht Mystery

A Bayliner luxury yacht is now at the centre of the hunt for Maddie

Friday August 7,2009
By Nick Fagge

A YACHT which left the Algarve just hours after Madeleine McCann disappeared has vanished without trace, the Daily Express can reveal.

The luxury Swedish cruiser sailed out of the Portuguese harbour at Portimao on May 4, 2007, the morning after four-year-old Madeleine disappeared. It has not been seen since.
 
Portimão Marina, Algarve

Last night there was growing speculation that Madeleine might have been whisked out of Portugal on the mystery boat.

The captain of the Bayliner yacht had told port authorities it was going to the Algarve port of Albufeira – as is required under Portuguese law – but the boat did not arrive.

Attempts by the Portuguese navy to track down the boat – one of six that left the marina that day – have failed. All the other yachts were accounted for.

A source close to the Portuguese authorities told the Daily Express: “The yacht from Sweden was the only boat that the Portuguese police could not trace.”

The disclosure comes a day after private detectives working for Kate and Gerry McCann revealed a “significant” new lead in their hunt for the missing youngster, now aged six.

An Australian woman in Barcelona appeared to be waiting to take delivery of her “new daughter” just 72 hours after Madeleine disappeared.

Lead investigator Dave Edgar, a former detective inspector, said he believed the girl from Rothley, Leicestershire, could have been smuggled to the Spanish port in a yacht.

The woman, described as a glamorous Victoria Beckham lookalike, was seen standing on the dockside of Barcelona’s Olympic Marina pacing up and down and “agitated”.

When approached, she asked a 41-year-old British man three times; “Are you here to deliver my new daughter?”

Investigators are now trying to trace the woman, described as white, aged between 30 and 35, 5ft 2in tall, of slim build and wearing expensive clothes.

It is possible Madeleine could have been abducted on the orders of a childless couple, desperate to have a family, and taken to Barcelona to meet her new “parents”.

Last night private detectives searching for Madeleine said they had received a massive response to their appeal about the Australian woman.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, said: “Many hundreds of calls had come in overnight, particular from Australia.

“Some names have been put forward and all of this information is now being analysed and prioritised by the detectives,” he said.

The mystery boat had been sailing along the Algarve coast close to Praia da Luz where Madeleine disappeared.

And records show it has previously docked at Barcelona’s Marina Port Vell, next to the Olympic Marina where the Australian woman was spotted.

 Port Vell Marina, Barcelona

The Portuguese source said: “It’s possible that the boat went to Barcelona. The yacht left Portimao on the morning of May 4, 2007.

“It left saying it was going to Albufeira in Portugal. It is a legal requirement to give a destination but it did not arrive in Albufeira.

“There were six boats that left Portimao that day. All have been accounted for apart from the Swedish boat.”

In Sweden all vessels measuring over 12 metres (40ft) long must be registered with the Swedish Maritime Administration.

But inquires with their head office in Stockholm yesterday found no record of the yacht.

in Express


11 comments:

  1. Clarence, don't be ridiculous.Everybody knows that the portuguese source close to the pj is you.Stop embarrasing yourself.

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  2. Well wouldnt it be nice if Madeleine was found

    There would be alot of people on here that would have to eat their words!!!

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  3. Are the UK press taking the pi$$? (rhetorical).

    The Express says the boat is Swedish and the Star says it's Australian!

    Can we look forward (!) to two shiny new McPaypal buttons to sit alongside those they have already on their website for UK£ and US$? Are the acquisitive (polite term for damn greedy!) McCanns going for the full set of world currency?

    When will this sick traveling circus/freak show meet its Waterloo?

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  4. Lots of illegal boats arrive on Australian shores and most are intercepted. It is thought to be very easy to get into Australia this way as the illegals scurry into the bush and out of sight.

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  5. Joana,

    Are you able to tell me who wrote this? It comes from the August 7 edition. I suspect it is from Levy but I am not sure and would like confirmation as it reveals that Amaral is seeking evidence to reopen the case. If it is Levy, I will take it's information with a grain of salt...along with the other grain of salt one takes with reading 24 Horas! :)

    http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/mostranews.php?l=8921

    Sending you kind regards (and a hug),
    Karmaera

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  6. Hi Karmaera,

    Yes it is written by Duarte. Basically it's a copy paste of all that is widely available in the British media, with an added final sentence where the [cough, cough] jour..writter [inventor] tries to manipulate readers into thinking that this latest McSpin has something to do with news report of Amaral doing an investigation to the case which was presented in May 3rd, 2009 [check link to SIC news interview with Amaral: http://tinyurl.com/lrgqcn].

    Quote translated sentence:"The revelation of this lead appears after the announcement made in Portugal that Gonçalo Amaral was collecting new elements which would put the thesis of abduction in question and that could reopen the process"


    beijinhos e um abraço

    Joana :)

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  7. Hi dear Jilly, the correct version is the Express one, the boat is a bayliner yacht, motor vessel named "Fun Too" of Swedish nationality - it was followed up by the Ministry of National Defense, Navy section along with other vessels harboured in the marinas of Portimão, Lagos, Albufeira.

    No real news, it's just another McLead dully investigated and subsequently dismissed by the PJ.

    beijinhos, Jo.

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  8. Thank you very much, Joana.

    Also, I don't say it very often but I would like you to know your integrity and passion for presenting the truth is much appreciated here in Canada. I know it must be quite overwhelming sometimes just to keep plodding on.

    So...thank you! Your thoughts and depth of opinion are relevant to me.

    Karmaera

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  9. So much for Amaral being compared to Poirot. Poirot would have found the yatch or the boat.

    That's what most competent police officers do - I rest my case.

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  10. Swedish yacht?...hummm, no...it must have been the "Flying Dutchman"!

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  11. cant believe it alltthose lies
    when are they going to stop!!! It is ridiculous...

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