Firstly the crew of catamaran Banana very kindly offered the use of a spare dinghy they had on board, including a small outboard motor. So Anjit was able to stay and enjoy Chagos for a few more weeks before departing for Madagascar, with a plan to return the borrowed dinghy in South Africa later in the season.
Then the miracle occurred ! Some three weeks later, Doreen and David on the catamaran Unama spotted a dinghy drifting in mid-ocean, about 100 nautical miles north of Chagos. By this time it was well and truly swamped, sheltering large numbers of fish, and had a resident population of sea birds as crew. Heading for Chagos, Unama took it on board and proceeded to the lagoon. It was soon confirmed that this was the missing dinghy from Anjit.
|Charlie Keeping Watch|
Within a few months all the dinghy's should be back with their rightful owners. For now the errant inflatable is being carefully watched over by Charlie, the ever vigilant and infamous four legged bosun aboard La Papillon.