June 8, 2019
Another incident in France
On the night of Friday, June 7th, to Saturday, June 8th, another incident occurred in the waters of France, which only miraculously did not end in tragedy. Despite the warning about the storm Miguel, a pair of yachtsmen set sail on a 30-foot yacht in the region of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, in Normandy on the English Channel. During the voyage, faced with increased wind, they tried to start the engine, but he refused. Yachtsmen tried to anchor.
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“They were anchored half a mile southeast of the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hug, but the anchor end was cut off. At the time, there was a strong sea at sea, formed by south-westerly winds blowing at a speed of over 70 km / h. The yachtsmen left Coursoul-sur-Mer despite a storm warning announced, ”said Fabrice Leblon, head of the SNSM (National Rescue Service at Sea) in Saint-Vaast-la-Hug.
The waves and the wind threw the yacht on the cliffs of the island of Tatihu. Two rescue boats went out to sea at about two in the morning. Despite the strong excitement, the rescuers managed to overload and evacuate two passengers on board the RIB in order to return them safely to the port. Although this was the primary task of the rescue team, they also managed to remove the yacht from the rocks and tow them to the harbor.
“Four of us on the RIB, at night, in the stormy sea, we all thought about what happened to our rescue colleagues the day before. Saving people after such tragic news is amazing, because all my people were shocked. I didn’t risk it on purpose, because I was thinking about my guys, but still it was necessary to save these two yachtsmen. Despite the announced storm warning, some captains sometimes have a feeling of loss of reality, ”complained Fabrice Leblon.
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