French yacht found adrift off the Azores
with no sign of its two-man crew
A French yacht that had two people on board has been found empty and floating in the middle of the Atlantic. The drifting boat, named L'Actuel, was upright, the mainsail
still on the mast
. The headsail was torn and partly furled. Lines trailed in the water
. There was no one aboard, and the satellite phone
and survival gear
had been left behind.
The discovery of the empty yacht on Sunday, hundreds of miles from the nearest landfall, deepened the mystery about the fate of its crew, two French sailing enthusiasts.
"There was no signs of anybody on board. Anything could have happened," said Jeri Grychowski, a spokeswoman for the Joint Rescue
Co-ordination Centre in Halifax
. Search operations will continue, said a duty officer at the Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue
Co-ordination Centre in France
. The skipper
, a veteran regatta racer
named Gaetan de la Goublaye, 62, had set off from the French Caribbean
island of Martinique
with a friend, Denis Guilmin, 47. The two were on their way to Le Havre in Normandy.
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