Jeff Cole death: Yachtsman's family thank search teams

Jeff Cole Jeff Cole was described as an experienced sailor used to making solo voyages

Related Stories

The family of a missing sailor whose body was found after a search operation have praised the emergency services for "helping to bring closure".

Jeff Cole's empty yacht was found between Boulogne and Calais last month.

The 61-year-old is thought to have set sail from his home town of Weymouth for Swanage, but never arrived.

In a statement, his family said they owed "a debt of immense gratitude to the courage and dedication of the emergency services".

His yacht, Palamina, was last sighted at about 10:30 BST on 21 September off St Aldhelm's Head near Swanage.

Two days later the French coastguard found the 27ft (8m) boat washed ashore in the area of Gris Nez.

A search was carried out by coastguard teams, supported by a helicopter and Dorset Police.

Mr Cole's body was found 11 days later in a cove off Exmouth.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset

Weather

Bournemouth

19 °C 17 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Abandoned stadiumShow's over...

    ...but what happens next? BBC Culture takes a look at what happens to abandoned stadiums

Programmes

  • A woman sits on a bed in a scene from Gustav Deutsch's latest film about Edward Hopper's paintingsTalking Movies Watch

    How film-maker Gustav Deutsch brought Edward Hopper’s paintings to life

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.