(SNO) — Friends of British yachtsman, Roy Boughton, who disappeared after he was last seen boarding his vessel at the Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia in mid November 2018, are getting ready to celebrate his life.
The celebration will be held at Canolfan Beaumaris, a community leisure center in Wales, on April 6 between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., the Daily Post has reported.
Despite an alleged full-scale air and sea search operation, Boughton, who was in his early 70s, has not been found.
His friend Carolyn Warburton told the Daily Post that on the day of the incident there was a heavy sea and Boughton was said to have been “out of sorts”.
“We don’t know what happened, but one possibility is that the swell tipped him into the water, and he was unable to get back into the little dinghy, to reach the relative safety of his beloved Guiding Light,” she was quoted as saying by the Daily Post. “In the last few months there has been no further sign of Roy. Something was fleetingly spotted in the water the day after his disappearance, but after an extensive search, his body has not been recovered.”
According to the Daily Post, Boughton began planning to sail around the world during his 30 years on Anglesey, and spent several months preparing his wooden sailing yacht, Guiding Light, for an epic voyage that would take him across oceans and finally to the Caribbean.
“He would amuse us all with his tales of visiting China, crossing oceans, and fixing engines. Roy was part of the merchant navy and regularly went off to work as an engineer, mechanic and even captain on some very impressive boats,” Warburton told the Daily Post. “He lived on the wild side, and loved visiting new places and making new friends. People who got to know Roy enjoyed his warmth and laughter, and above all, his entertaining stories.
“It’s a comfort to know that Roy lived exactly the life he had dreamed of. He was more at home at sea than on land, and took great care of his yacht; she dated from the days when boats were made of wood and needed fantastic skill and care to look after them.”
She said he will be remembered for his mischievous twinkle, the laughter that was shared and the many stories he told.
“Roy was certainly one of a kind, and we won’t forget him,” Warburton said.
BELOW IS SNO’S ORIGINAL STORY ON THE INCIDENT LAST YEAR
December 15, 2018 (SNO) — A search is underway for a 72-year-old British man who was last seen boarding his vessel in Saint Lucia on November 15, according to The Daily Mail.
The man, identified as Roy Boughton, is a sailor from Liverpool but is reported to have visited Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia, the Mail reported.
He was last seen leaving in a dinghy at the Rodney Bay Marina and concerned friends reported him missing, the Mail further reported.
The Saint Lucia Marina Police have been searching for the British national.
“Searches have also been done from the air. Boughton owns two yachts. Both were searched but no blood or signs of distress were found,” an officer was quoted as saying by The Sun (UK).
Boughton reportedly arrived in Saint Lucia on a Thursday afternoon and was drinking at one of the Rodney Bay Marina bars with other sailors from a mega yacht, according to the Mail.
“When they had finished their drinks, Mr Boughton allegedly fell outside on a pavement. Some asked for Mr Boughton, who appeared out of sorts, to be put up in a room for the night. Yet he is said to have been helped onto his dinghy, which was started for him before he left the marina’s dock. He has not been seen since,” the Mail reported.
A message posted on his blog yachtguidinglight.blogspot.com on November 22 reads: “Roy Boughton, the author of this blog, went missing on 15th November 2018. This is a message from his sister Lynne: For all Roy’s friends who may visit this page:-Thank you for asking sailors far and wide to look out for Roy and for your concern. As yet there is still no news or sightings, the coastguard have had an air and sea search going on today. We hope and pray for a happy outcome. Will post any further news here as well as contacting others. Anyone with any information should contact the Coastguard or the UK Foreign Office.”