The Frenchman Kevin Escoffier actually wanted to sail around the globe in the non-stop regatta. But instead he had to be rescued in a spectacular way – first he sent an SOS signal.
In a dramatic rescue operation, the Frenchman Kevin Escoffier was brought to safety by his compatriot Jean Le Cam at the Vendee Globe.
“Huge relief. Kevin is on board, safe and sound,” tweeted Le Cam, who had rescued the damaged skipper from his life raft off the Cape of Good Hope. The race management confirmed that they had received a corresponding message from Le Cam at around 2 a.m. CET.
Water ingress prevented third-placed from continuing
Escoffier, who had finished third in the sailing regatta by then, had sent an SOS signal around 550 nautical miles from Cape Town and reported a water ingress on board to his team.
The 40-year-old left the leaky yacht with waves five meters high and a water temperature of ten degrees and went to the life raft. The Coast Guard initially contacted Le Cam as the closest pursuer. Boris Herrmann from Hamburg and Yannick Bestaven (France) from France were also asked to drive to the area to provide support.
All sailors who participated in the rescue operation are allowed to continue the race, their time is reset. Herrmann is fifth, Le Cam eighth. The journey on the Vendee Globe is around 45,000 kilometers long, non-stop and around the world without assistance.