UPDATED: Relatives appeal for help from boaters to locate missing Brigg Unicorn ex-captain and wife

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UPDATED: Relatives appeal for help from boaters to locate missing Brigg Unicorn ex-captain and wife
Sam and his wife
Arthur ‘Sam’ Alleyne (left) and his wife, Sharon Went-Alleyne

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.

Alleyne was the former captain of the Brigg Unicorn, which sunk in May 2014.

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.

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  1. I would have preferred to hear more about the plea for help than about the unicorn. Its pointless bringing up the unicorn boat and movies at a time like this. Why not post a pic of the serenity boat instead of the unicorn.

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  2. Sam is a very experienced sailor, he will be ok...just not in barbados...see you in venezuala sam and sharon.....debs

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    • I totally agree. Cats with 40 years of experience on the water don't go down on the ocean without a fight. They are fine, just don't have communications. They will be found soon!

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  3. Praying that by the time this message gets posted, this loving family has been rescued. Please be safe.

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  4. 2 drowned, now this; sad time. I hope they're floating back to safety and that this story gets a happy ending.

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  5. I pray that God looks out for them and find you are safe. I didn't know Sam well but I knew Sharon from our days of the Yacht Club regattas that we used to be in together. I hope that they find you soon and you are reunited with your family.

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  6. praying for them n hope that they are safe. I worked with Sam about 23 yrs ago at c o Williams n he was the best supervisor .Sharon is a darling n i hope that all ends up well with them.

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  7. that boat they should try to resurface that boat and have it as part of our saint lucian history and maybe a site if it can be

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      • you can say what ever makes you happy your comment doesnt justify that i am not concerned abt their safety just cause i didnt say anything abt their safety yall like to take peoples comments to personal

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