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DEFENCE press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1977. NO. 79/77

LOST YACHT FOUND BY PATROL BOAT

An RAN patrol boat is escorting to safety a yacht

found lost and leaking off the Kimberley coast of Western

Australia this morning. _

The five people aboard the yacht had no fresh water,

and only two days' dry provisions when found. All were

showing slight symptoms of scurvy.

HMAS Attack, commanded by Lieutenant J.R. Stapleton,

found the single masted wooden yacht named Birtang Kejora

about 45 nautical miles north of Kalumburu mission during

a routine patrol.

The yacht's German master, Wolfgang Kallab, said

the Birtang Kejora left the Indonesian island of Leti about

three weeks ago bound for Darwin.

The yacht's main engine had broken down, it was

taking water at a rate which required continuous pumping, .

and he had no idea of his position. .

Herr Kallab said he wished to beach the yacht to

make repairs, and to take on fresh water and provisions.

In Darwin this afternoon customs, quarantine, and

immigration officials were making arrangements for the crew

of the yacht to enter Australia. The crew were identified

as Herr Kallab, his wife, two Dutchmen, Herr van Slabbe,

and Herr Willemse, and an Indonesian man whose name was not

given.

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HMAS Attack, and the Birtang Kejora are expected

to reach land some time tonight.

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