PARIS, Oct 7, (AFP): Coastguards have launched a search for an Omani sailor lost at sea off the coast of Croatia after falling overboard on Wednesday, his Musandam-Oman Sail team announced. The captain of the Oman-based multihull boat, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, raised the alarm at 0305 GMT after Mohammed Al Alawi fell overboard.
Croatian and Italian coastguards were assisting with the search-and-rescue operation for Al Alawi, who was part of a fiveman crew heading to Trieste in Italy to take part in the Barcolana international sailing regatta. “Mohammed’s family has been notified and Oman Sail team members are with them and supporting them through this uncertain time,” the team said in a statement. “We will send an update on the situation when we have more information,” it added.