Italian sailor Rocco Acocella missing near Panama coast

The experienced Italian sailor Rocco Acocella has been missing on the open sea since June 22nd. The family asks everyone for help. It is believed that he could be near Panama. So far, any attempts to find him were unfortunately unsuccessful.

Here's the original message we recieved from his relatives today:

Rocco Acocella is an experienced sailor, who while was sailing on his 8 metres long trimaran, called Trinavis, from St. Martin (Caribbean) to Barranquilla (Colombia) has activated an emergency signal (PLB1) at 250 miles from Barranquilla. The signal has stayed active since the 22nd of June at 19.31 utc until the 23rd of June at 14.46 utc. The Armada de Colombia has been searching without positive outcome. Our expert has personally calculated a plausible drift course, taking into consideration the coordinates recorded by the PLB1 and the metereological historical data (wind and currents) of the following days.

The route indicates a possible impact on the coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua or on one of the islands and atolls which are in front of the coast. Thanks to our private aerial search and to the presence of our nautical expert in the area of interest, we have hypothesized an higher probability of impact on the coasts of Panama, Colombia. The authorities are alerted and have communicated to us the difficulties of the area, as it is very little inhabitated and because it is characterised by many hard to explore woods. They have also told us that the area is very poorly connected with the cities or any bigger inhabited centre, both internet and phone towers seem to be almost nonexistent.

We ask everyone to help us, passing us any information that might be useful and mostly with the word of mouth, so that the story and the pictures of Rocco can spread even among the communities harder to reach. It is vital to spread this information as wide as possible so to transmit it via as many radios as possible, especially local ones. The almost exclusive presence of indigenous groups, who are preserving their culture on natural reserves, or who are simply living apart from the rest of the community, makes the spread of Rocco Acocella’s disappearance harder. We ask whoever is in contact with these ethnic groups, such as Kuna and Ngobe Buglé, Embera-Catio, Wayuu, to help us get a contact with them as direct as possible so to extend this information to them, too.

Dear Panama Travellers:

If you have any idea on how to help this guy coming back safe, please contact the family directly here:

We all hope that he will be found alive and healthy!
Thanks for your support!

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