A middle-aged couple who resides in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet have been reported missing since Saturday, October 25.
Arthur Alleyne, 63, also known as ‘Captain Sam’, the former captain of celebrity ship Brigg Unicorn, and Sharon Went-Alleyne, 59, had left for a routine sail to Barbados over the weekend in their 47-foot yacht called Serenity and have not been heard from since.
The Brig Unicorn was used in the filming of all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies as well as in the series, Roots.
A relative told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the couple was expected in Barbados on Saturday.
It was reported however that there was a severe storm that may have caused some damage to the communication system used on the yacht to contact the Marine Unit.
“The last contact they had at 1p.m on Saturday, they only had the VHS radio. Everything else seemed to have failed. So we think that they were damaged from the storm and nobody has been able to contact them since,” the relative told SNO.
Efforts made by marine authorities to contact the couple have so far failed. Authorities here, in Martinique, and Barbados have been trying to locate the couple.
Arthur Alleyne is an experienced sailor and boat captain with over 40 years of experience. He also captained the Brigg Unicorn.
Their children are appealing for anyone in the surrounding islands with access to boats, light aircraft or helicopters to join in the search as the yacht may be drifting.
“We are trying to get the word out so that if anyone saw anything or heard anything that they can try to contact the authorities,” a relative said.
The Brig Unicorn sunk off the coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in May 2014. No one was injured and the persons on board were reportedly rescued by the St. Vincent Coast Guard shortly after the incident.
For some time, the 148-feet long vessel had been docked on the Rodney Bay Marina and was used there as a mini bar and restaurant. The Unicorn was built in Finland in 1948. The softwood schooner “had made St. Lucia proud” according to the words of Captain Alleyne sometime after it was featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean film starring Johnny Depp.