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Kevin Escoffier (PRB) activates Distress Beacon, Jean Le Cam alters course to assist

by Vendée Globe 30 Nov 2020 16:10 GMT
Kevin Escoffier on PRB during the Vendée Globe © Jean-Marie Liot / Alea #VG2020

Kevin Escoffier, 40, who is racing in third place in the Vendée Globe solo non-stop around the world race, positioned some 550 nautical miles SW of Cape Town, has triggered his distress beacon. He was racing in a strong SW'ly air stream on starboard tack behind a weather front.

At 1346hrs (UTC), Escoffier managed to send a message to his shore team, explaining that he had an ingress of water into his boat. The rescue authorities (MRCC Cape Town and CROSS Griz Nez) are preparing an action plan in collaboration with his PRB shore team, with Jacques Caraës and the Vendée Globe Race Direction team. Jean Le Cam, the nearest competitor, has changed course to sail to the last position given by the boat when the beacon was triggered (40 degrees55 S 9 degrees18 E).

Update: Jean Le Cam has arrived and sees Kevin Escoffier (PRB) in his life raft. He is going to start his engine to go and attempt to pick him up.

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