Missing Polish round the world yachtsman
Zbigniew Gutkowski who competed in the last Velux 5 Oceans has been in contact with us regarding a missing Polish yachtsman Tom Cichocki and his yacht Polska Miedz, who have been attempting a non-stop circumnavigation.
Gutkowski writes: Here is the deal - we do not know where he is, there is no contact with him for over a month. His EPIRB was never activated and there is no sign of any emergency transmission from his yacht. His family, friends and all sailors are very concerned about his whereabouts and health. Authorities have been contacted in Brazil, Poland and internationally, merchant and cruise ship companies have been asked for help. We are using all possible means to spread this message among sailors, mariners and persons concerned about safety on sea. Please do help. Please share this post.
HELP find sailor missing while circumnavigating non stop - Captain Tom Cichocki. S/Y POLSKA MIEDZ, last contact 13.03.2012, 15:04 UTC, Position: -20.18 S -34.66 W (approx 200 miles east of Espirito Santo, Brazil), COG: 55, Log: 24780 NM.
If you know of any friend or family member, neighbor, simply anyone on any vessel, commercial, pleasure, navy, that could be around that area (and probably way north or northeast of that area now), please pass this message and ask to look for Tom and his sailing yacht and not only inform if he is seen, but communicate with him and check on his status.
Please translate this call for help into your language, please do pass it along and maybe we can all together find him.