Left, Sean Terry; Right, Stefan Pokorny
It was reported today that Seychelles authorities have withdrawn a case of negligence against Stefan Pokorny, of Austria, last week. He had been arrested in Seychelles after a Cape Town yachtsman went missing.
This was after he had told authorities that Sean Terry, 48, who grew up in Cape Town, had fallen overboard while the pair were on a yacht in June.
The yacht arrived at Cotivy on June 25 with only Pokorny aboard.
Judith Middleton, a spokeswoman for the family, said back in July:
Sean had given no indication of wanting to commit suicide at all.
Indeed, he had recently sent emails to his family in which he talked about how much he was looking forward to meeting up with them soon.
Sean’s family are in turmoil. They simply don’t believe that he committed suicide, nor can they understand why Pokorny didn’t do more to help.
It appears that little if anything was done to attempt to save Sean and we cannot understand this.
After all, this man is meant to be a highly experienced diver. Why on earth did he not try dive in and rescue Sean? Or at least do more to get help.
At the time of his disappearance, Terry’s family said in a press release that a man-overboard signal had not been activated.
The family said of the latest development:
The incident took place in international waters and is therefore outside of their [Seychelles authorities] jurisdiction. We cannot believe Sean is missing, presumed dead, without a trial or a full inquiry having taken place to determine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
The family was seeking legal advice.
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