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11/06 - 15h11

Bob Escoffier Airlifted Off Groupe Guisnel Off Cape Finisterre

At 1255hrs CET (1155hrs TU) this Thursday, November 6 the distress beacon of the modified Sydney 60 monohull Guisnel Group of Bob Escoffier, the Saint Malo skipper who is racing in the Rhum class of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe was triggered.
CROSS immediately contacted the Race Director of La Route du Rhum-Destinationan Guadeloupe.

Benjamin Hardouin, skipper of the monohull Krit'R V, who was nearby was alerted and he made contact with the Escoffier who said that he had suffered a major water ingress, the cause of which is not established.
At the same time the tug Sar Gavia which was on the way to recover the damaged trimaran Olmix was close to Escoffier. A helicopter was dispatched to the zone. Bob Escoffier was safely airlifted off the boat and has been taken to the base in Vivero.

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