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Atlantic rowing: the Portuguese navy denies having found the body

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The search ended yesterday at the end of the day [samedi] without it being possible to find the victim whose boat was found off the Azores archipelago, the Lusitanian Navy said in a statement.

The day before, the entourage of the 75-year-old navigator, who had made himself known by crossing the Atlantic in a barrel in 2019, had reported that his body had been found lifeless inside his boat in the cabin of the canoe L’Audacieux.

Questioned Sunday evening by theFrance Media Agency, a spokeswoman for the Portuguese Navy explained that during the rescue operation the rescuers had had strong reasons to believe that a body could be inside.

There have been some confusions that we are currently trying to clear up. We don’t know any more. We are awaiting information from the Portuguese authorities, indicated for its part the team of the adventurer to theFrance Media Agency in France.

h34 Friday, we no longer have any contact or any manifestation from him”,”text”:”Unfortunately, since 00:34 on Friday, we no longer have any contact or any manifestation from him”}}”>Unfortunately, since 12:34 a.m. Friday, we no longer have any contact or demonstrations from him., said Saturday morning at theFrance Media Agency members of his team. According to them, he had triggered his two distress beacons, indicating being “in great difficulty”.

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The septuagenarian’s canoe was found upside down, as evidenced by a photo released by the Portuguese navy where we see the hull of the boat floating on the surface, then hoisted aboard one of its corvettes.

The first merchant navy ship to reach the position from which the alert originatedJanuary, but when they approached the boat he indicated that the man was no longer there”,”text”:”reported seeing the boat and the navigator in the early hours of Friday January 21, but when they approached the boat he indicated that the man was no longer there”}}”>said he saw the boat and the navigator in the early hours of Friday, January 21, but when he approached the boat he indicated that the man was no longer there.

One of the merchant ships collected a waterproof bag which contained the navigator’s identification documents inside, said the Portuguese Navy.

During the last contacts, Jean-Jacques Savin was north of Madeira, offshore, and was on his way to the island of Ponta Delgada, in the Azores archipelago, to repair.

Because shortly after leaving Sagres (southern Portugal) on 1er January, this great sportsman was quickly rerouted due to bad winds. His initial route had thus been extended by 900 km and then he had to encounter serious energy and communication problems.

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On Wednesday, on his Facebook page, Jean-Jacques Savin mentioned the strong swell and wind force, adding that he had to to use [son] manual watermaker. It costs me physical energy. Don’t worry, I’m not in danger!, he wrote.

Living in Arès, in the Arcachon basin, in the south-west of France, he intended to row across the Atlantic and become the dean of the atlantic, a way to taunt old age.

He had celebrated his 75th birthday on January 14 aboard his canoe, eight meters long, 1.70 m wide and equipped with two cabins and a rowing station.

I’m going on vacation to the open sea, I’m taking three months of vacation, he amused himself shortly before his departure.

In 2019, this slim and muscular former paratrooper had spent more than four months in a barrel-shaped boat three meters long and 2.10 m in diameter. He had thus crossed the Atlantic alone, driven by the winds and currents.

This former private pilot and curator of a national park in Africa had thus joined the West Indies, which he hoped to join again by rowing.

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