This is from SMSScott on SA, who performed some of the work at both stops:
Between about 3:00 pm PDT and 5:00 pm PDT we had many very short broken calls from iridium phone
from inside boat.
Abby had been Knocked Down several times in 60 Kts winds earlier in the day. Last Knock Down stripped radar
from gimbaled mount on mast
. There was slight amount of water
in boat. No other damage was noted running backs were intact. A full damage survey
had not been done yet outside.
She felt she was in good shape after these incidents. The main reason for the call was engine
would not start. We got engine
started and it was working OK. B&G wind
instruments atop mast
were still in working order she had 35 Kts wind
and was sailing. Basically she felt all was OK.
dropped another call and we expected a quick call back as she had been doing for several hours. 30 minutes to 1 hour passed with no contact.
Then USCG called with first EPIRB
deployment this was a manual EPIRB
from inside cabin
. Short time later Personal EPIRB was also activated. There is also a Class 1 automatic deployment EPIRB in cockpit
that has not activated.
Just about the time of EPIRB activation it would have been getting dark.
She does have a life raft and survival suite.
Her last water temperature report June 5 was 54 degrees F and cabin
was 60 degree F...since then she has reported a cabin temp of 65 degree F
Search and Rescue
has been handed over to the French.
vessel 2 1/2 days away has been diverted to EPIRB position. Fishing
vessel 40 hours away has also been diverted to EPIRB location.
Initial EPIRB location was 557 NM NNE of PORT-AUX-FRANCIAS.
That is the extent of what we know.
This is the most full and complete info you will get from anywhere I was on the phone
calls with her. If you hear anything else but this it is either not true or it is new info.