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New police effort to find missing yachtswoman

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

Divers are set to scour the waters off the Cornish coast as they continue to search for a millionaire lone yachtswoman missing at sea for six months.

Ona Mary Unwin disappeared last October while sailing her recently-bought yacht Seagair from Mousehole to Bideford, North Devon.

Her body has never been found and she is still believed to have gone down with the vessel.

With the case of the missing newlywed still active, police have said divers will focus their search efforts on the notoriously stormy waters around Land's End.

"We have recognised some potential sites off Land's End which will be explored," said Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Jean Phillips, who is based in Penzance.

"If we take into account the eye witness sightings and wreckage recovery, then we come up with possible sites worthy of exploration."

It is not known when the divers will descend into the waters off Penwith in search of the yachtswoman and any wreck but weather is currently believed to be hampering efforts.

Mrs Unwin was last seen leaving Mousehole harbour at 6.30pm on Saturday, October 13, bumping her boat on the way out of the quay as she set sail to meet her husband in Bideford. The 65-year-old had bought the £32,000 yacht in Falmouth days earlier and had been warned not to sail around Land's End at night.

Debris, including seats and parts of a ship's keel from the Seagair, were spotted washed up between Sennen and St Just days after she was last seen.