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  • 16 October 2012, 1:50

Missing Yachtswoman: Boat Found Off Cornwall

Rescue crews searching for a woman and her yacht have found the wreckage of a vessel off the Cornish coast.

Air and sea search teams made the discovery, believed to be Ona Unwin's 31ft yacht Seagair, near Sennen Cove.

Devon and Cornwall Police said there is no evidence of a body on board the stricken vessel.

Ms Unwin, also known by her middle name of Mary, was the only person on the boat when she left Mousehole in Cornwall on Saturday evening.

Police were with Ms Unwin's family when the boat was found.

The 65-year-old had been due to arrive at Bideford in Devon on Sunday night, but relatives became worried when she failed to show up.

A Falmouth Coastguard spokesman said: "At around 12.30pm (on Monday), rescue crews discovered the wreckage of a vessel around Sennen Cove.

"It will be brought ashore later to see whether it can be identified."

A police spokesman said: "The wreckage of a vessel has been found, and it is believed to be the Seagair. However, investigations are ongoing."

Ms Unwin bought the 31ft vessel from Falmouth Yacht Brokers on Thursday.

Proprietor Jerry Hobkirk said: "The weather was treacherous this weekend, even for some of the more experienced sailors.

"I was amazed when I found out that she had set sail. If I had known, we would have stopped her.

"There were strong winds and rough seas on a piece of coast that has very few escape routes. If you get into difficulties there aren't very many ports to play your 'get out of jail' card with."

Falmouth Coastguard said neither Ms Unwin nor her yacht have been seen since the alarm was raised.

Three RNLI lifeboats from Penlee, Sennen Cove and St Ives were involved the search for the missing yacht.