It’s been two months now, and Astoria’s wayward sailor, Russian-American Rimas Meleshyus (pictured) is still missing at sea. He set off from Hilo, Hawaii, in early summer on his latest attempt to sail around the world in the 30-foot Mimsy, with little sailing experience, but a great talent for drifting, “Kon Tiki style.”
In his last Facebook post on July 30, he was drifting west southwest at 1.87 mph, just east of Fiji, after an unsuccessful call for help. He had no motor, life raft, fishing gear or sails, and was running out of food.
Friends have notified Fiji land and sea authorities of his plight, but no wreckage has been found, and no one has actually seen Rimas or his boat. A rumor surfaced recently that he had been spotted at a McDonald’s in Lautoka, Fiji, but no one has been able to verify the sighting.
The mystery continues. Rimas seems to have literally fallen off the face of the earth.