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tragedy off Saint-Tropez
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 1:55 PM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 12


A six metre motor launch with four crew that left Pampelonne heading for les Marines de Cogolin sank on Friday night (17th July). The boat was found on Saturday morning empty and one corpse found not far from the vessel approximately 16 nautical miles south east of cap Camarat was identified as that of a 37 year old woman from Saint-Jean-de-Luz .There was no sign of the other victims as night fell on Saturday when searches were called off at 10.00pm. Rescue operations in the gulf of Saint-Tropez resumed on Sunday under unfavourable weather conditions with 40 knot winds.

The yacht is believed to have left Pampelonne around 9.15 pm on Friday, skippered by a 28 year old water ski instructor and three friends, two men and a woman in their thirties. The distance between Pampelonne and their destination of the Marines de Cogolin is relatively short according to Cross-Med (less than 10 nautical miles) – but the journey turned into a drama as the wind got up and the boat that belonged to Nautique-Park never made it. Alerted by the owner of the business around 1pm on Saturday, Cross-Med started rescue operations aided by a launch from SNSM from Saint-Tropez and the maritime squad of Issambres. Operations were later assisted by helicopter Le Guepard-Victor based at Hyeres and an aircraft from the aeronautical naval base of Lann-Bihoue.

Rescue operation resumed at 8am on Sunday but the bodies of the 29 year old skipper from Grimaud, a man from Val-d'Isere (38 years) and another from Cogolin (30 years) have not yet been recovered. The search continued yesterday but their remains little hope of the victims being recovered. The wreck was due to be towed to Toulon.

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