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Hope fades for missing Mary Unwin
A WEALTHY yachtswoman who attempted an ill-fated voyage around the Cornish coast remains missing - feared dead.
Ona Unwin, who is known by her middle name of Mary, has not been seen since setting sail unaccompanied from Mousehole in Cornwall on Saturday evening.
The wreckage of her yacht was discovered washed up on rocks on Monday afternoon.
Mrs Unwin lived in Worcestershire for more than a decade, first in Upton-upon-Severn before moving to nearby Longdon after marrying her husband Carol.
She had re-married him just days before setting sail.
Mrs Unwin, aged 65, was a familiar face in Upton, where she used to work in the post office and was described as “a formidable character” and “full of life”.
But she will be most familiar to most for her appearance on a Channel 4 documentary called The Pawn King in 2011, when she featured pawning a diamond ring for the extra £5,000 she needed to afford an Aston Martin, later pawning a diamond bracelet to help pay for divorce costs.
Coastguards believe it would be “close to a miracle” to find Mrs Unwin alive after so long but her family are refusing to give up all hope.
Her brother-in-law Guy Unwin, managing director of Malvern firm Planit Products, told the Worcester News that the past few days had been “very difficult” for the family.
He admitted they were struggling to come to terms with the unusual circumstances that saw her set sail in the evening, on a treacherous route in difficult weather conditions.
“Carol tried to dissuade her but she was just determined to do it,” he added.