Barbadian couple missing at sea for five days found alive

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Arthur Alleyne, 63, also known as ‘Captain Sam’, the former captain of celebrity ship, Brigg Unicorn, and his wife, Sharon Went-Alleyne, 59

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Thursday October 30, 2014, CMC – An Barbadian husband and wife, who left St Lucia over the weekend for Barbados on board their 47 foot yacht, Serenity, have been found, family and relatives confirmed Wednesday.

Family members said Arthur Alleyne, 63, also known as ‘Captain Sam’, the former captain of celebrity ship, Brigg Unicorn, and his wife, Sharon Went-Alleyne, 59, have since returned to St. Lucia.

Marine authorities here as well as their counterparts in Martinique, and Barbados were involved in the search for the two people.

The couple’s daughter, Tao Alleyene, told the media that a family friend had informed her that her parents were found and that she has since spoken to her father.

“He told me that he unfortunately lost signal half way through, but he told me that both he and my mother were fine, except that they are dehydrated and hungry.”

According to her, Arthur did say that the yacht was drifting during their journey. However, it is unclear whether they managed to reach Barbados by themselves or they were rescued.

The Nation newspaper in Barbados quoted another daughter as saying that her parents were “on land in Soufriere,” in St. Lucia when she spoke with him today.

“He just said that the mast is all ripped up, the sails are shredded, the engines gone, but they are alive. He just said ‘We are alive. Your father is not going to die like that, girl,” she stated.

Alleyne is an experienced sailor and boat captain with over 40 years of experience. He also captained the Brigg Unicorn which was used in the filming of all three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies as well as in the series, Roots.

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