Cheating the nursing home

Published on December 15th, 2018

A yacht washed ashore on a beach along the southeastern tip of South Africa with a dead man onboard, and now it is suspect how the yacht had been sailing for three days with nobody at the helm.

Upon seeing the yacht on December 15, tourists and locals worked together to pull it onto the beach in the coastal town of Southboom, KwaZulu-Natal, before clambering on board to find the decomposing body of the sailor slumped below deck.

South African Police Service spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala revealed the dead sailor was a 69-year-old French citizen after finding his passport stowed on board. It is believed he died of natural causes.

The elderly Frenchman was sailing the 600 miles from Port Elizabeth to Durban and washed ashore with less than 100 miles to port. Police are withholding releasing the name of the sailor until next of kin have been informed.

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