Yes, particularly if there is nobody anywhere near. As was mentioned in one of the videos, he was fortunate that there was a certain amount of compression ie a number of yachts within range. Kevin also had the benefit of preparation, faith in his equipment, immersion suit, EPIRB, personal HF AIS and life raft.Unbelievable story in a sense, to be bouncing around in a life raft in 35 knot winds and high seas must be terrifying, difficult to spot by rescuers in the first place managing to climb aboard must be an intense feeling of relief for all parties.
Vendee Globe - Latest update from Kevin about the incident and rescue:
From Mayday to Safely Aboard Yes We Cam! Kevin Escoffier ExplainsSpeaking this morning after being rescued Kevin Escoffier said,
“It’s unbelievable what happened. The boat folded up on a wave at 27 knots. I heard a bang, but to be honest, I didn’t need to hear that to know what had happened. I looked at the bow. It was at 90°. In a few seconds, there was water everywhere. The stern was under water and the bow was pointing up to the sky. The boat split in half in front of the mast bulkhead. It was as if she folded up. I promise. I’m not exaggerating. There was an angle of 90° between the stern and the bow.
“I didn’t have time to do anything. I just had time to send a message to my team. I’m sinking I’m not joking. MAYDAY. Between the moment when I was out on deck trimming the sails and when I found myself in my survival suit, barely two minutes had passed. It all happened extremely quickly.”
Organising my survival
“I came out of the boat and put on my survival suit. I could see smoke. The electronics were burning. Everything went off. My only reflex was to grab my telephone to send the message and pick up the survival suit which I never stow away. I wanted to pick up the grab bag, but I couldn’t get to it with the water rising. I grabbed the liferaft at the stern. Open I couldn’t get into it as it was three metres under the water. The water was up to the door in the cockpit.”
Jumping in the raft
“I would have liked to have stayed a bit longer on board, but I could see it was all happening quickly and a big breaker came and I was in the water with the liferaft. At that point I was not feeling very confident. Being in a raft in 35 knots of wind is not reassuring. I was only reassured when I saw Jean. But the problem was to find a way to get on board with him. We said a few words. It was a real battlefield out on the water. He was forced to move away, but I could see he remained close by. I stayed in the raft until early this morning.”
“I didn’t know whether the weather would ease enough to carry out a manoeuvre. He was 2 metres from me. He sent me a line, but it was difficult to stop the boat. In the end I managed to reach some tubing and lift myself aboard. The sea was still heavy with 3.5m high waves. It is hard in such conditions to climb aboard a 60’ boat, particularly as it is hard in the survival suit. It’s lucky I’m in good shape physically, as I can promise you it is not easy.”
Aboard Yes We Cam!
When I found myself on board with Jean, we hugged each other. He said to me. ‘Shit you’re aboard. That was tricky!’ I replied, ‘I have spoilt your race. You were doing so well.’ He replied, ‘That doesn’t matter. Last time it was me who upset Vincent’s race.’
“For the moment, I don’t know what will happen. We’ll sort that out with the Race Directors. I have just slept for 2 hours and am well rested. I have eaten something. I did all I could with the boat. I reinforced her and did everything. So I don’t have any regrets about what I did.”
News - From Mayday to Safely Aboard Yes We Cam! Kevin Escoffier Explains - Vendée Globe - En
Video from assistant race director Hubert Lemmonier. Not much to add from previous accounts but his take on events. No news yet on decision as to getting Kevin back ashore.
Saw BBC version earlier posted by @merchantman https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/those-in-peril-upon-the-sea.263061/post-10416959 He was very fortunate indeed to be found.Story this morning in the U.S where a lone sailor woke up to find his 32' mv sinking 86 miles offshore - fast. He managed to get out without his EPIRB, grab bag, or anything else.
A missing Florida sailor has been found clinging to his upturned boat, having survived a night at sea before being rescued 86 miles off the Florida coast by a passing container ship.
Stuart Bee, 62, left Cape Marina at Port Canaveral on Friday afternoon, aboard his 32ft vessel Sea Ray. He did not return and was reported missing on Saturday. A large air and sea mission was immediately launched.
It did not turn up any sign of the Sea Ray but vessels in a large area off Florida were told to keep an eye out for the missing mariner. One such ship, the Angeles, spotted the upturned Sea Ray, complete with Bee holding tightly to its prow, the only part of the capsized boat above water.
View attachment 525470The 32' Sea Ray developed mechanical issues before he was woken on Saturday night by a sudden rush of water into his cabin which pushed him outside.
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