Here is the updated letter from the team looking for "Grain de Soleil".
Urgent Message: Crew in trouble.
Since April 24th, the crew of sailboat “Grain de Soleil” (11 meters with a ski blue hull) has been missing. The missing crew consists of 3 young men
and is believed to have gone missing 500 miles southwest of the Acores. The men are thought to have left the Antilles in direction of Brittany. Air search and rescue
teams have been trying to locate them ever since their emergency
beacon signal was received. The three men are believed to be in their emergency
raft. On April 27th, a faint signal was detected from their emergency beacon providing us with a new location.
Please note that two other sail boats have also been reported missing in the same area around the same time. These two boats have not released an emergency beacon signal. The first boat, “Lady Domina” is 75 feet long and has 5 crew members aboard. Lady Domina is a Norwegian boat. The second boat, “Team de Shock” has a white hull
and black skirt. Its captain
is Vincent Capgra. If you have any information regarding these two boats please contact us immediately.
Starting today, May 7th, the French Marine
is mobilizing the Monge and L’Atlantique 2 in an effort to search for these crews.
Time is of the essence for the survival of these sailors. This is why a maximum amount of means must be deployed in the search for these men. Private search groups located in Lorient, Horta and Martinique
are working closely with the French military and the CROSS in an effort to contact and alert all vessels and crews headed towards the Acores.
We are asking that all Marina offices aid in our efforts by please alerting any and all crews heading toward the Acores.
We also ask that you please display the attached document in highly visible locations within your marinas
If possible we also ask that you please provide us with the satellite
telephone numbers of all your vessel/crews within the search area so that we may provide them with the most updated location information we receive.
We are desperately counting on you cooperation in order to provide our missing sailors with the best chance of survival.
Thank you for your understanding.
The “Grain de Soleil” crisis team.
Telephone PC Lorient: +33 637 181 767
Telephone PC Martinique: +596 696 742 298