BT activates distress beacon in Transat

At approximately 10:20hrs GMT today, BT crew Sebastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon activated their EPIRB distress beacon after having suffered major damage following a night battling it out in fierce seas and winds reaching 60 knots at times. The skippers are in regular contact with TJV Race Director Jean Maurel, and have reported significant damage to the coachroof, and water entering the boat.

The MRCC are coordinating operations with the Transat Jacques Vabre Race Direction and the BT shore team, to ensure the safe recovery of the skippers. MRCC Falmouth confirmed that the RCC Azores have sent a helicopter and a Navy vessel towards BT, whilst emitting a satellite broadcast alert to shipping in the area.

Date Added - 13-Nov-2009

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