About two months ago we wrote about catamaran Gemini 3 wreck of a Polish yachtsman Roman Paschke.on a solo, record-breaking voyage around the world. Unfortunately his luck didn't cooperate - he had serious breakdowns in the South Atlantic and three compartments were flooded in one of the hulls so he had to pull out of the race.
And now a new disaster. On the catamaran, repaired in Argentina, arrest is imposed, the confiscation of the ship is under threat, and the chances for a favorable outcome (according to the captain) are extremely low. What was the deal?
One of the Argentinean companies charged Roman with more than 300 thousand dollars as compensation for the rescue. The thing is, when faced with problems, Roman Paschke asked for help. But not for the salvage of the boat, but - as he himself claims - only for the towing. The cost of the towing, about $20,000, was paid on time. Together with the rest of the expenses for the boat's hauling to the slipway and so on, the Poles paid a total of over USD 50,000. The Poles stated that they had reached an agreement (confirmed by facsimile correspondence) to tow the catamaran at a rate of 1200 US dollars per hour, which they fully paid, and that the Argentine authorities had no claims against them.
Roman Paschke asserts that what is happening is «a typical Argentine extortion», the governor
The Polish government has already announced a possible fundraising effort to help the yachtsman buy back the yacht.
What makes things more spicy is that these days are the eve of
The moral of this fable is as follows: when the yacht is towed in case of accident, the captain should thoroughly think over all further actions and process a great deal of documents. Otherwise, he might lose his yacht even in good order.