A yacht that was stolen in Croatia in July was found off the coast of Brazil, the Croatian daily “Jutarnji list” reported. The Russians were behind the theft.
Brazilian sources close to the investigation reported that the seized yacht was registered in Croatia. It was rented to Russian tourists and sailed away to an unknown destination. According to the daily, the Russians changed its name to Albina, and also forged documents regarding the owner and registered the boat in Russia.
The yacht then sailed towards Brazilflowing from Morocco. On September 20, it docked in Porto Alegre, a port in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. There were only two crew members on the unit – a Russian captain and a Lithuanian sailor. The men paid in advance for their 60-day stay. About a week later, they left Brazil by air, and the woman from Brazil remained on the yacht Latvia – reports the Croatian daily.
“We would like to thank all members of the sailing community who followed our story, shared our posts around the world and looked for our boat. After all, it was thanks to social media and the keen eyes of vigilant sailors that the yacht was spotted,” the company that owns the yacht emphasized on Facebook.
Investigation involving Interpol
The investigation initiated in Brazil, aimed at dismantling an organized criminal group, is being continued in cooperation with Interpol and Europol, the Brazilian police said in a statement.