Chilling message from boaters who disappeared on sailing trip with Coast Guard tracking their phone and radio pings | The Sun

Chilling message from boaters who disappeared on sailing trip with Coast Guard tracking their phone and radio pings | The Sun

06/22/2022

A CHILLING message from boaters who disappeared on a sailing trip has been revealed as the Coast Guard continues to track their phone and radio pings.

Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale Jones left Virginia on June 8 and were headed toward the Azores, Portugal.



But then, on June 13, the boaters told Jones' daughter they were headed back to Virginia after they sailed into bad weather, which left their boat damaged.

The two were about 460 miles east of Virginia Beach when they called Jones' daughter.

They have not been heard from since.

Nikopoulos and Jones, both 65 years old, are natives of Virginia Beach.

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Members of the Coast Guard have searched the area for the missing boaters.

Two flights have been conducted by Coast Guard aircraft in search of the pair.

In addition, the Fifth Coast Guard District Command Center issued a broadcast to boaters in the area urging them to keep an eye out for signs of Nikopoulos and Jones.

On June 17, Jones' daughter contacted the Coast Guard again saying she has not received further communication from her mother and was concerned.

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Nikopoulos and Jones were anticipated to return around June 20, the daughter said, though a firm date had not been set for their arrival back to Virginia.

“In situations like this, where there are so many unknowns, our coordination efforts need to cast a wide and intentional net,” said Chief Brian Gainey, command duty officer with the Coast Guard.

“We’re tracking cell phone and radio pings as we work with our counterparts in Bermuda to accurately determine the most intelligent search area for our air crews.

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"It’s a lot of detective work, but it’s all in service to finding these two individuals and bringing them home to their families.”

Anyone with information related to the search for the missing boaters is urged to contact the Fifth District Command Center at 757-398-6390.

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