Almost a year after Polish visitor Stanislaw Dabrowny fell from his yacht, his daughter Agnieszka Blazowska is maintaining hope that the sea captain is still alive and well.
Last November 2, Dabrowny and his wife Elzbieta began the first leg of their global circumnavigation as they left the Canary Islands for Barbados in early November in a Bavaria 44-class cruiser, a favourite of sailing families.
But the sea captain’s “trip of his dreams” with his wife of 47 years turned tragic as Stanislaw fell overboard, never to be seen again. Elzbieta drifted through the Atlantic for five days until a freighter picked her up.
Now their daughter is visiting Barbados to seek further information on the whereabouts of her father whose last location was 500 nautical miles off the island.
Blazowska said that the family remains hopeful for her father who has over 50 years’ experience at sea and was not one to give up when faced with adversity.
“After two days we started searching and . . . the Coast Guard in Barbados . . . started searching and they were working with Martinique,” Blazowska said in an interview with Barbados TODAY.
“No one has found him, no one found a rescue wheel and we are hoping that someone picked him up out the water in those two days.
“You never know what could happen . . . . Someone could have found him [and he] could be drifting somewhere. He has got skills that he can stay calm under water and swim because he was a good swimmer as well.”
But so far, air and sea searches have turned up no sight of the Polish sea captain.
“There was a search from the air and from the water but no one found him no one found the rescue wheel. It was like a yellow parachute type rescue wheel and it had the name of the boat Vagant as well on it,” Blazowska told Barbados TODAY.
The family’s hopeful quest has taken them to neighbouring St Lucia, St Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago, searching for their beloved father and husband.
“That is why we are here; if we don’t believe in that we won’t be here travelling the Caribbean with this. [To] be honest, even if he is dead any information about his death is still good information to us [but] I know my father he wouldn’t be like ‘I am going to give up, I am going to drown’ – he is not like that.” Blazowska told Barbados TODAY.
The circumnavigation was meant to be the “trip of his dreams”, she said.
“He was sailing for almost 50 years; he was a captain of a ship. He was a yacht sailor for all his life, so he has done a lot of nautical miles at sea. Before the start of this trip he was sailing through the Mediterranean Sea for the last five years. He was also a part of the crew of a polish ship Zawisza Czarny,” she said, adding that her mother also believes that her husband of 47 years is still alive.
“It is like you feel inside that he is still alive maybe it is just your head [but] we feel that he is alive,” Blazowska told Barbados TODAY, adding that her family begun their search for Dabrowny just a mere two days after he reportedly fell overboard on November 21st.
“We have searched St Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago [and] St Vincent. What else can you do he [has been missing] for a year it is not that because we don’t believe or something, it is more expensive, so we need to save some money and organize everything,” she said.
Although she returns home to Poland, the family is willing to return to the island should there be any official information on the whereabouts of Stanislaw Dabrowny, she said.