When searchers found the KAZ II catamaran, they found the engine still running, neat piles of clothes on the rear deck, a laptop computer found switched on and the sail shredded. They did not however discover the three men who were supposed to be aboard.
On April 15th 2007, the three men left the holiday resort town of Airlie Beach on the Whitsundays coast of eastern Australia. They were on their way back to western Australia. But something happened in the waters to the north east of Townsville in North Queensland.
Authorities think that the men must have disappeared only hours after leaving. The boat was observed by fishermen over the next three days, but none saw any life aboard.
The disappearances are not the only mystery in this story. After the search was called off, it was discovered that a Volunteer Marine Rescue radio operator had had radio contact with the Kaz II between 6pm and 7pm on April 15, hours after they were supposed to have disappeared.
Here is a story which I find a little amusing.
Hailu Kidane Marian was working with his fellow religious group members, selling religious materials door-to-door. His group had just come over from Puerto Rico to South Florida to raise money for his religious education.
His group went tried their luck in a Northwest Miami-Dade neighborhood. As they were walking down the street, witness Maria Martinez said, “I heard a boom, and I looked and the guy jumped back, and he just laid there, stiff”.
Hailu Marian had just been struck down by lightening on a clear, blue day!
When the paramedics arrived, Hailu was not breathing and his heart was not beating. However, they managed to revive him and rushed him to Jackson Memorial Hospital.