, 2022-07-20 08:26:45,
Loic Escoffier has been rescued after capsizing in his ORC 50 south of Fastnet Rock – his brother Kevin Escoffier received the alert.
Loic Escoffier has been rescued off the coast of Ireland after capsizing in his ORC 50 while racing solo in the Drheam Cup.
Loic Escoffier, who is the brother of Vendée Globe skipper Kevin Escoffier , was competing in the single-handed 1,000-mile race when he sent a message at 1640 yesterday (Tuesday 19 July) to raise the alert that he had capsized about 60 miles south of Fastnet Rock. His brother Kevin (who was himself famously rescued in the solo Vendée Globe race), received the message.
Escoffier was sailing in 30-knot winds when the catamaran capsized, and he was leading the four-boat Rhum Multi fleet at the time. His sponsors Lodigroup reported that Loïc was fine and safely inside the boat. Race management alerted the nearest competitors to Escoffier’s position and search and rescue services.
Approximately six hours after the incident, at 2200, the Irish Coastguard and Baltimore RNLI rescued Escoffier from the upturned vessel. Video footage shows the challenging sea state at the time, as Escoffier was first recovered by RIB from the forward trampoline and transferred to Baltimore Lifeboat.
Shortly before midnight Escoffier was then airlifted by helicopter and transferred to Cork University Hospital.
The Irish Coastguard issued a statement saying: “Valentia Coast Guard in collaboration with French and UK SAR authorities coordinated a response to an incident involving a single person crewed racing catamaran approximately 70 miles South West of Mizen Head late yesterday evening. As part of the rescue operation the Coast Guard Helicopters from Shannon and Waterford and Baltimore lifeboat were tasked to the scene.
“Just after 10pm yesterday the Casualty was recovered from the upturned catamaran by Baltimore RNLI lifeboat and then airlifted by Waterford helicopter R117 from the scene. The Catamaran is understood to have suffered damage to its keel and overturned. Just before midnight R117 transferred the sailor to Cork University Hospital. The skipper is understood to be in good spirits after his ordeal.”
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