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  1. Peter Gustafsson
    Jan 6, 2009 @ 11:50

    VM Matériaux spotted

    The Chilean search and rescue plane deployed to assist VM Matériaux, following Jean Le Cam’s distress call at 0140 (GMT), this morning flew over the area at 0945 and has confirmed sight of the IMOCA 60. The yacht is reported to be upside down, however it is not clear whether the keel is still attached.

    The cargo vessel Sanangol Kassagie, a 180-tonne petrol tanker, diverted to the scene is currently less than one mile from VM Matériaux’s location and has also got the yacht in sight.

    No contact has yet been made with VM Matériaux, however the yacht’s second EPIRB was activated at 0850 (GMT) this morning.

    Conditions in the area are believed to be winds of 25-30 knots, gusting 40, with a rough sea state of 4-5m. The captain of the Sanangol Kassagie is understood to be working out best to assist Le Cam.

    Vincent Riou (PRB), one of two skippers diverted to assist VM Matériaux, reported that he was talking to Le Cam when there was a strange noise on board VM Matériaux. Le Cam was inside the yacht and contacted his shore team indicating that he thought the boat was about to capsize.


  2. Erik B
    Jan 6, 2009 @ 11:54

    Jag håller tummarna!
    Jean Le Cam är en mycket erfaren kille som säkert klarar både det praktiska och nerverna under en sådan här situation.
    Prio 1 är nu att han kan få hjälp iland och prio 2 att få reda på vad som hänt så det kan undvikas i fortsättningen.
    Ska vi gissa att kvällsblaskorna nu kommer att intressera sig för segling???


  3. Niclas D
    Jan 6, 2009 @ 13:45


  4. Peter Gustafsson
    Jan 6, 2009 @ 17:04

    Contact made with Le Cam

    Huge relief all round as Vincent Riou made contact with missing skipper Jean Le Cam this afternoon.

    At 1421 (GMT) Vincent Riou on PRB arrived at the scene of VM Matériaux’s capsize. Riou reported that he found the yacht floating upside down, missing its keel bulb, but a small ‘flag’ was visible at one of the through-hull fittings on the bow of the upturned yacht. Riou shouted for Le Cam and heard a response from the French skipper inside the capsized boat.

    The stern of VM Matériaux, where there is an emergency escape hatch, is underwater.

    A Chilean naval tug has also been sent to aid the rescue effort. The tug left Puerto Williams at 12h30 GMT and is due to reach the area tomorrow morning at 06h30. The tug is equipped with a RIB and divers to assist in recovering the skipper.


  5. Peter Gustafsson
    Jan 6, 2009 @ 21:04

    Le Cam safe and sound on board PRB!

    Jean Le Cam has been rescued safe and sound aboard PRB, but Vincent Riou’s yacht suffers damage in the process.

    This evening a full-scale rescue operation was in place to retrieve Jean Le Cam from the upturned hull of VM Matériaux – a Chilean Navy tug boat equipped with divers was on its way, a helicopter had been deployed and the tanker Sonangol Kassanje was standing by — but in the end it was Vincent Riou who successfully recovered fellow skipper and friend Le Cam.

    At 1810 (GMT) the Race Directors spoke to Vincent Riou, who reported that Jean Le Cam had climbed out of VM Matériaux wearing his survival suit. Vincent Riou circled repeatedly to retrieve the skipper from the water, and on the fourth attempt he successfully rescued Le Cam on board PRB.

    However, on his final approach alongside the inverted VM Matériaux, the end of PRB’s port outrigger was damaged against the upturned keel fin. Le Cam was able to scramble aboard soon after and appears to be unhurt, as Riou reported that both skippers worked on deck to stabilize PRB’s mast. They are now sailing slowly, on starboard tack, on a heading of 110 with three reefs in the main and no headsail.

    Armel Le Cléac’h on Brit Air, who was also standing by to assist in the rescue, is now following PRB as they investigate repairs the rig.

    “It’s an incredible story that has a happy end,” said Alain Gautier, the Vendée Globe safety consultant.

    The rescue operation by the Chilean Navy has been called off — the helicopter has turned around, as has the Chilean tug, which was set to reach VM Matériaux on Wednesday morning. The oil tanker which has been standing alongside since this morning can also now move off.


  6. Leino
    Jan 7, 2009 @ 00:46

    Skönt att det slutade väl!


  7. Sebastian
    Jan 7, 2009 @ 01:09

    Det kanske är en dum fråga, men vad gör man med båten i ett sånt här fall? Låter man den vara kvar ute på havet! eller hämtar man upp den vid ett gynnsammare tillfälle?

    Känns lite konstigt att lämna den när det var en bogserbåt på väg..


  8. PelleL
    Jan 7, 2009 @ 08:10

    Kan man intr bärga den genast bör man sänka den så den inte utgör en fara för annan sjöfart…..ingen större fråga i södra oceanen men i alla fall….


  9. T-son
    Jan 7, 2009 @ 11:33

    Sitter i Chamonix och såg det i en tidning. Skolfranskan är inte bra nog för att förstå vad som hänt. Vad gör man då? Surfar in på “Blur” å får alla fakta!!!!!

    (Som bannar att gårdagens hoppande stoppat dagens åkande)


  10. Peter Gustafsson
    Jan 7, 2009 @ 14:32

    Philippe de Villiers : I would like to salute on behalf of all the team of the VG the extroardinary gesture of friendship done yesterday and which was the epilogue of a lond day of anguish.

    Vincent Riou : hello to all, we are good, it’s early morning and we just woke up, we needed to rest, and we’re getting close to Cape Horn

    Jean Le Cam: I’m ok, like someone who just woke up ten minutes ago, and who needed to sleep, and that’s how I am feeling right now.

    Philippe de Villiers: We are proud of the two of you, what you’ve done is extraordinary, we lived this anguishing day together, we thought of you every minute, Vincent we’d like to congratulate you, congratulations to the both of you

    Jean Le Cam: those are moments that afterwards, it’s afterwards, and you have a hard time to explain how it was throughout, thank god it went ok

    Jean Le Cam: First of all, I always had in my head do not leave the boat, then I didn’t know how long I could live inside. I heard Vincent’s voice in the morning, and thought am I dreaming or not? Then I heard it again so I was sure he was there, and that’s important, because if you get out and there’s no one, you’re in a really bad shape because possibly you can’t get back in, I mean there’s only one shot at this. So I went in the back, it was immersed in water, I went back in my igloo in the front of the boat, and at one point, I thought let’s go back, it’s not because there’s water that I can’t give it a try, I had capsized once and had held on the outside of the boat for 5 hours, you need to hold on to something, it’s like when you go buy bread you can’t forget your money. So I opened the hatch and things kept coming out of the boat, Vincent saw things come out of the hatch, and then I put my feet first, I got out in one movement with the wave, I held on, lifted my head up, and saw Vincent, which was a great moment.

    Jean Le Cam: I was in the water, I get on the boat, one arm around the safran, Vincent came around a few times, I grabbed onto his bout and he heaved me up, then the outrigger hit the keel, and the mast of PRB was inclined 30 degrees, we consolidated the mast, and that was it.

    Jean Le Cam: Close ups in the morning when I just woke up and haven’t put on my make up! I haven’t slept like this in two months. In real life, I’m much better than this.

    Vincent Riou: I heard screams, I could hear his fear in his screams, I was afraid of the cold and hypothermia for him, the boat was slowly sinking, I didn’t know how he was inside, I was imagining that he could try and get out at some point, so we decided to take rounds for the boat because I was afraid that he’d try to get out and there would be no one waiting there for him. It’s not easy for someone to get out like that, so we stayed close to the boat the whole time we waited, when I took my turn and I saw things coming out, I thought he’s doing something, I saw containers, then the hatch came out, and I knew immediately the boat was open and so I stayed close so as soon as Jean would come out I’d be there.

    Vincent Riou: And then I came close a first time, I came close a second time and I missed him, and at the fourth try I managed to send him the bout, the more I got closer the more I took risks, it could only take one bigger wave for Jean to be sent off, you can’t resist the pressure of the water, the fourth time I got really close, the hulls didn’t touch but the keel hit the outrigger, but at the time I really didn’t care, first I get jean then I’ll take care of my outrigger, my priority was set on getting jean no matter what.

    Vincent: We are heading towards Cape Horn, then close to the canal beagle and we’ll try to moor tonight, I’m waiting from the jury to see how the race can go on for me, or how it can end, I’m in discussions with the jury to see what the possibilities are.

    Vincent Riou: Apparently, Jean will get off at Ushuaia, we’ll rendez-vous tonight with Isabelle Autissier who’s on site with her boat, so that’s our contact there , and that’s through her that he’ll get off

    Jean Le Cam: I was on the phone with Vincent, we were talking, and I felt something, a shock on the boat, something weird, and I felt something was really wrong, and the boat lied down, and then it capsized. I think it was a container or something in the water, my first reflex was to look behind and there was nothing, it must have been a container. Here we see lots of boats, there’s a lot of maritime traffic, and usually that means that some things are left behind.

    Jean Le Cam: The boat lied down, it capsized quite quickly, since there was no keel left, the first thing I did was to jump on my clothes and my TPS, I immediately grabbed and put on my survival suit, and organized the rest to resist the cold, I grabbed my blanket which was wet and dried it off.


  11. .
    Jan 8, 2009 @ 08:29

    PRB mastar av 7 nm från Kap Horn. Riou och Le Cam OK.


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