On May 15, 2017, Lewis Bennett told US Coast Guard rescuers that his wife, Isabella Hellman, fell overboard while he slept in the 37-foot sailing catamaran on their honeymoon trip from St. Maarten to Key West.
His boat sank 26-miles from Cay Sal Bahamas, and he evacuated into a life raft where the USCG rescued him. They also found rolls of silver coins. Mr. Bennett was convicted of illegally transporting stolen silver and gold coins. On February 20, 2018, the former newlywed husband, Lewis Bennett faced new charges of second degree murder in the death of his wife, Isabella Hellman, the mother of their daughter, a toddler named Emilia. The FBI alleges that Mr. Bennett a UK and Australian citizen scuttled his boat, Surf into Summer. Based on its build date 1986 and the reporting by the Palm Beach Post of its make, Slow Boat Sailing believes the boat to be a Fountain Pajot Louisiane 37 sailing catamaran. One was recently on sale on Yachtworld for under $50,000. The Palm Beach Post reports that the 1986 catamaran was worth $60,000. Despite searching over 6,000 square miles for Ms. Hellman, the USCG cut off the search after three days. Mr. Bennett admitted to transporting the silver and gold coins from the sailboat Kitty R, which he worked on in St. Maarten in 2016.
Coast Guard rescues 1, searching for another approximately 30 miles west of Cay Sal
FL, UNITED STATES
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U.S. Coast Guard District 7
The 37-foot catamaran, Surf into Summer, is partially sunk Monday, May 15, 2017 in the Florida Straits 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas. The Coast Guard is searching for a female who was last seen aboard the vessel at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Miami.
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Coast Guard suspends search for woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas
Coast Guard continues search for missing woman approximately 30 miles west of Cay Sal
Foreign National Arrested on Second-Degree Murder Charge
Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Transporting Stolen Coins in Interstate and Foreign Commerce
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