Former Derbyshire man is lost at sea

Ian Shardlow
Ian Shardlow

The brother of a former Derbyshire man who was lost at sea off the west coast of Australia has paid tribute to his life.

Grandad Ian Shardlow is believed to have fallen overboard from his yacht on August 16.

Ian Shardlow

Ian Shardlow

His disappearance sparked a major air and sea search and his catamaran was later recovered, but authorities have still not found the experienced sailor.

The 76-year-old was born in Barlborough and attended Staveley Grammar School.

He later worked in his family’s electrical business in Clowne and lived above the shop, in the green.

Brother John, 73, of Eaton Socon in Cambridgeshire, said: “He was very outgoing and friendly. He had been sailing for 45 years and was very experienced.”

He added: “All we know is he went out for a sail at 2pm and phoned his wife to say he was having a lovely day and the sea was calm.”

“The boat was found with the engine still running and with blood on the back. Whether he had fallen and hit his head or had a heart attack we just don’t know,” he said.

At 18 Ian joined the RAF for five years and became an instrument technician.

In the mid-sixties he moved to Australia to work for the airline Quantas and later got a job working for the company that tracked the American manned space shots.

The last time Ian came to England was a year ago for a European cruise.

He was still working at 76 and had a computer hardware business repairing ATM machines but was looking forward to retiring this autumn and travelling the world.

John said Ian was well known in Derbyshire and had kept in touch with friends from Staveley Grammar School.

He added: “He was very adventurous and liked to cycle about Clowne. “

Ian leaves his third wife Kerry, five children and 12 grandchildren.