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Sad certainty: Ex-basketball player is fatally injured sailor in Mallorca

2023-09-20T06:25:24.686Z

Highlights: Former basketball player Jan Bokemeyer has had a fatal accident while sailing. The 53-year-old man and his son (19) are – as feared – the former Licher and Giessen Bundesliga basketball player. The two were on holiday on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca and wanted to take their sailboat "Makan Angin" from Cala Galdana on Menorca to Cala d'Or. On August 27, the two Hessians got caught in a severe storm that swept over the Mediterranean islands.



Status: 20.09.2023, 08:21 a.m.

By: Ralf Waldschmidt

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Former basketball player Jan Bokemeyer has had a fatal accident while sailing. (Symbolic image) © Jens Büttner/dpa

Former German basketball player Jan Bokemeyer and his son Gustav are dead. As feared, the two are two sailors who were previously missing in Mallorca.

Mallorca/Gießen – Now there is a sad certainty. The two German sailors who have been missing since the end of August in the Mediterranean Sea off Mallorca are dead. The 53-year-old man and his son (19) are – as feared – the former Licher and Giessen Bundesliga basketball player Jan Bokemeyer and his son Gustav. This was learned by the responsible police authorities at the beginning of the week after DNA analysis.

At the end of August, the two were on holiday on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca and wanted to take their sailboat "Makan Angin" from Cala Galdana on Menorca to Cala d'Or on Mallorca, about 90 kilometres away. On August 27, the Jan Bokemeyer and his son were reported missing after they had set sail despite a severe weather warning that had been in place for days. Apparently, the two Hessians got caught in a severe storm that swept over the Mediterranean islands. Since then, there has been no trace of the boat and crew. Sea rescue and other emergency services searched for days for the missing people living in the Frankfurt area.

Active in Lich and Giessen: Former basketball player Jan Bokemeyer has an accident while sailing

At the beginning of September, emergency services recovered two bodies off Mallorca. On Monday, the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) in Palma announced that they were the bodies of the 53-year-old father and 19-year-old son. Even when the bodies were found, items of clothing are said to have been clearly assigned to the missing.

The bodies were nevertheless identified by DNA analysis in cooperation with the German authorities. According to the Mallorcan authorities, optical identification of the remains was no longer possible.
This confirmed the fears of family, friends and employees that the missing persons were former Bundesliga basketball player Jan Bokemeyer and his son. Jan Bokemeyer was now head of a veterinary clinic in Frankfurt, his 19-year-old son played for the Falcons Bad Homburg until the end.

"Boke" – a cult figure in Lich: How Jan Bokemeyer once conquered the hearts of basketball fans

In the 1998/99 season, Jan Bokemeyer was a member of the legendary Licher basketball team, which made promotion to the 1st Bundesliga perfect. In head coach Anthony Taylor's team, the variable forward was one of the top performers. The second leg, which went down in history as the "Miracle of Weißenfels", when the underdog from Lich made up for the heavy first leg defeat with 84:71 and cancelled the championship party already planned in Weißenfels, is unforgettable.

At that time, in addition to »Boke«, his nickname in basketball circles, who also held the captaincy together with Kai Löffler, Sebastian Szymanski, Markus Wedler and Tobias Erben, among others, were on the field. His assistant coach at the time was Thorsten Leibenath, who is now a "master maker" from Ulm. In the one-year Licher first division affiliation, Bokemeyer was the third-best scorer in 26 games (9.9 points average per game) behind Tyron McCoy and Fred Williams. In Lich as well as in the region, »Boke« and Co. thus achieved cult status. The contact to Central Hesse never broke off and lasted until the end.

For seven years, the 1.96 m tall winger wore the jersey of the Licher. However, he had his basketball roots at EOSC Offenbach, and he also took part in the 1987 European Cadet Championships in Hungary with the DBB selection. After his time in Offenbach, he moved to the Bundesliga club MTV 1846 Giessen, for whom he played a total of 1992 first division matches from 1994 to 54.
From the circle of acquaintances and friends it was learned that the family is preparing the funeral service in Bad Homburg for the coming week.

Source: merkur

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