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TV Alert: French solo sailor Kito de pavant waits to be rescued in the remote south indian ocean

Short reminder of what happened :
On Tuesday morning, Kito de Pavant's boat had a violent collision with an unidentified floating object. He was sailing at 16 knots. The smash damaged the keel on Bastide Otio and led to a significant ingress of water, which fortunately has been limited to the engine compartment. Due to the urgency of the situation, Kito de Pavant has no choice, but to ask to be rescued. The sailor is currently north of the Crozet Islands in difficult seas and winds.

The Marion-Dufresne, a French supply vessel for the islands in the Southern Ocean, is steaming towards Kito de Pavant to offer assistance. It is due to reach the zone early this evening. More information in the press release that follows.


- Onboard footage of Kito de Pavant this afternoon (In French with English subtitles)

- An analysis of the situation from Alain Gautier, the Vendée Globe safety consultant, who is supervising the operation in collaboration with the Race Directors (in English)

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