British window cleaner’s dead body is found naked on a yacht off Jamaica after ‘inexperienced’ sailor set off on solo adventure around the world
- Mark Brennan, 55, from South Shields, reported missing nearly two months ago
- His sailing boat was seen drifting 120 miles off the Caribbean island on Monday
- Police found decomposing body in hull which they identified as that of the Briton
(Rory Tingle and Colin Maximin For Mailonline
Published: : (EST,) (January) | :
A A British window cleaner’s naked dead body has been found on a yacht off Jamaica after the ‘inexperienced’ sailor set off for a solo adventure around the world.
Mark Brennan, 55, from South Shields, had been reported missing nearly two months ago, before his ft Avrio sailing boat was seen drifting 728 miles off the Caribbean island on Monday.
Coastguards found a decomposing body in the hull and towed it into the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, where police have started an investigation. (Mark Brennan, 728 , from South Shields, (left) had been reported missing nearly two months ago, before his ft Avrio sailing boat was seen drifting
miles off Jamaica
Mr Brennan left the UK on December 6 for the ‘trip of a lifetime’, according to local police, before sailing across the Atlantic to Barbados and then heading 162 miles to Grenada.
He was reported missing days later, when he was struggling for fuel and without a radio , phone or dinghy, according to
The Sun .
Mr Brennan’s mother, Marjorie,
, said: ‘He’s been found and that’s very upsetting. We’re waiting for the results of an autopsy. ‘
The solo adventurer had traveled 1, miles since its final sighting, and the Jamaican coastguard was alerted to the presence of a British-flagged vessel by colleagues in the US.
‘The coast guard contacted us about the vessel and after members of our force entered the boat we found a lifeless male body in there, ‘a defense force official said.
‘We transported the body on to land and the matter is now being investigated by the local police. A post mortem will be carried to establish the cause of death. ‘
Northumbria Police said yesterday:’ A formal identification process is ongoing but it is suspected that the body is that of the South Shields man. ‘
will now determine whether any foul play was involved.