Wife appeals for boat owners and sailors to help hunt for her husband

The family of former Scots hotelier Colin Finnie and the British government are appealing for information after the 67-year old went missing during a 5,000-mile solo sailing trip from Australia to Port Ghalib, Egypt.

The 45ft Simba, valued at £300,000, according to the Scottish Sun, was discovered empty on the Marsa Alam reef in the Red Sea 13 December, six days after his family last heard from him and just 350 miles from his destination.

Finnie boarded the vessel in Australia last September, and was tracked near the Aussie territory of Christmas Island on 25 October.

Colin’s anxious wife appealed for boat owners and sailors to help hunt for her husband, writing on Facebook: “He was in storms and low on fuel.”

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man reported missing while sailing in the Red Sea and are in contact with Egyptian authorities.”

Friends of Finnie, who once owned the 32-bed Aberdeen Northern Hotel, told the Sun “Colin is a retired engineer. He’s handy and would be able to fix most things if they went wrong. We’ve all heard of problems with pirates off Eastern Africa.”