The body of the young Omani sailor who was reported as Man Overboard in the waters of Croatia in October last year has been recovered and was laid to rest in Amerat on Monday.
The Croatian Coast Guard found Mohammed al Alawi’s body towards the end of January and Oman Sail has announced a three-day mourning period, with prayers for the 26-year-old taking place at Al Noor Mosque in Darsait.
In the early hours of October 7, 2015, Mohammed was part of a five-man team that was sailing a high-speed trimaran from France to Italy when it was struck by strong winds. The vessel shook violently and although the crew were able to regain control quickly, they soon realised Mohammed was missing.
His disappearance led to a six-day search by Oman Sail and the local Coast Guard using helicopters, planes and boats that eventually proved fruitless.
Selected to join Oman Sail by the Ministry of Sports Affairs in 2009, Mohammed showed great potential as a sailor, completing his training to join the race team and taking part in several events. He was part of the crew that finished third in the Sail the Gulf regatta in Qatar and also participated in the Tall Ships Race from England to Denmark in 2015.