Groupama 3 kapsejsad

UPDATE: video från räddningsaktionen.

Gruoupama 3
Sail-World: Groupama believed to have capsized off New Zealand
NZ Herald – French sailors winched to safety off stricken yacht

French sailors winched to safety off stricken yacht

All 10 French sailors aboard a capsized round the world racing trimaran 145km east of Dunedin have been rescued safely.

The Wellington-based Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) said the sailors taking part in a round-the-world race were winched to safety by three rescue helicopters this afternoon and ferried to Dunedin.

All aboard the French-built Groupama III single-masted trimaran were uninjured.

The (RCC) has confirmed all aboard the trimaran Groupama III were uninjured when the yacht overturned this afternoon.

Mr Henderson said the 10 crew had all donned survival gear and were on the hull awaiting rescue.

Fixed wing aircraft also assisted in the rescue and an Air Force Orion was on standby to help if required.

It was unknown at this stage what caused the yacht to overturn.

Sea conditions at the time were moderate, with a two metre swell and 30 knot southwesterly winds.

The yacht was taking part in the Jules Verne Round the World Yacht Race when it overturned.

Mr Henderson said the French equivalent of the RCC called the centre at 1.20pm to report it had picked up a signal from the yacht’s emergency position indication beacon (Epirb).

5 Comments

  1. stefan Feb 18, 2008 Reply

    Märkligt, då jag sent igårkväll satt och kollade läget för Groupama. Tänkte att dom tar nog Orange men risken för haveri finns ju alltid. Har tidigare fått ett klart intryck att Bruno och Orange seglade med lite större marginaler än många andra och att dom kanske pga detta skulle blivit ifrånseglade i detta race.
    Men, men synd som bara den för Groupama och om rapporterna nu stämmer så har dom i alla fall vält på ett bra ställe i sammananget.
    Stefan

  2. stefan Feb 18, 2008 Reply

    Ser på bilder och text ut som att babords balkar/ponton har skadats och orsakat haveriet.
    Stefan

  3. PelleL Feb 18, 2008 Reply

    Sicken dja tur att det hände inom helikopter-räckvidd…..hade varit kärvt läge annars….

  4. Hum Feb 18, 2008 Reply

    Vad glada dom ser ut. Självklart så är det bra att bli räddad, men när det väl är klart så borde dom deppa efter detta misslyckande, oavsett om det beror på material eller ej.

  5. Magnus H Feb 18, 2008 Reply

    Tror man ler i detta läge väl medveten om det Pelle påpekade….

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