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Arrest over British yachtsman missing in Indian Ocean

  • 30 July 2012
  • From the section UK
Map of the African coast
Sean Terry disappeared in the Indian Ocean somewhere near the Seychelles in June

A man has been arrested in the Seychelles over the disappearance of a British yachtsman in the Indian Ocean.

Sean Terry, 48 was sailing between the Maldives and Madagascar on a round-the-world trip when contact with his family in South Africa was lost on 18 June.

Stefan Pokorny, from Austria, who had joined Mr Terry on board, was arrested when the vessel arrived in the Seychelles. He has not been charged.

The UK Foreign Office said it was aware of the situation.

Mr Terry's 40ft yacht Finnegan was piloted to the island of Coetivy off the Seychelles by Mr Pokorny a week after contact was lost.

Local police said Mr Pokorny was being held in custody pending further inquiries and would appear in court on Thursday.

British-born Mr Terry was raised in South Africa and returned to the UK to work as a quantity surveyor in Watford, Hertfordshire.

He took early retirement to sail around the world.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the disappearance of a dual British/South African citizen who went missing near the Seychelles and are providing consular assistance to the family."

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