PUERTO AYORA, Galapagos Islands -- Four American tourists were
reported missing or dead after the motor yacht Moby Dick capsized
in unexpectedly rough seas and high winds in the Galapagos Islands.
The Moby Dick, chartered on its maiden voyage for an Elderhostel
tour group, was sailing from Hood Island to Santa Fe on the evening
of June 10 when the accident occurred.
The crew of eight and 11 other American passengers were rescued
by tour vessels in the vicinity.
Elderhostel group arrangements are handled by U.S. tour operator
Holbrook Travel in Gainesville, Fla.; two Holbrook FIT clients were
among the 15 passengers.
Senior staff from Elderhostel and Holbrook were in Ecuador
The Moby Dick was the newest addition to the yacht fleet of
Galasam, a Quito and Guayaquil-based tour company. The yacht was
co-captained by Carlos and Freddy Penaherrera, brothers and natives
of the Galapagos with 26 years of sea experience between them.