Concern for welfare of missing yachtsman
Concerns are held for the welfare of missing 80-year-old solo yachtsman Peter Baggenstos of Switzerland.
Mr Baggenstos was last seen at Hobart on 1 December 2022 when he set sail on his 13-metre yacht ‘Lady Lay’ bound for New Zealand.
The yacht’s AIS transponder stopped transmitting on 5 December 2022, in the Tasman Sea about 140 km off Tasmania’s east coast, at which time it is understood the weather was poor.
Mr Baggenstos’ family in Switzerland subsequently reported the situation to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) who conducted large scale search operations in the Tasman Sea. Neither Mr Baggenstos nor the yacht were located, and New Zealand authorities reported no record of him entering its jurisdiction.
Mr Baggenstos is described as a very experienced sailor and of good health. The yacht was fitted with safety equipment including life belts, life raft, GPS unit, EPIRB and AIS transponder.
“Given the circumstances, we have serious concerns for Mr Baggenstos’ welfare” said Sergeant John Delpero of Tasmania Police Missing Persons Unit. “Tasmania Police has now assumed management of the investigation which to date has included enquiries with AMSA, interstate and overseas law enforcement agencies, and Mr Baggenstos’ family through Interpol. Enquiries are continuing.”
Anyone with information relating to Mr Baggenstos’ disappearance is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au.