Man lost overboard in the ARC

Terrible news for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Sunday December 1st 2002, Author: Jeremy Wyatt, Location: Transoceanic
A man overboard incident occurred this afternoon (Saturday 30 November 2002), involving the yacht Toutazimut participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). The incident is believed to have resulted in a fatality. The crew member’s immediate family have been informed.

The Mayday distress from the yacht occurred at 1230 UTC. The MRCC Ponta Delgada are co-ordinating the incident, in liaison with MRCC Falmouth, who have been assisted by World Cruising Club which immediately redirected the yachts in the area to Toutazimut's position.

At the time of the MoB incident the yacht was mid Atlantic at 24.06N 26.02W. Conditions were described as windy and rough, with big seas and 30 knots of wind.

This is the first time a incident of this nature has occurred in the ARC, which annually sees more than 200 yachts sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to St.Lucia. Andrew Bishop, General Manager of World Cruising Club, commented: “We are very concerned at the news. The family have been informed and we will be doing everything we can to assist them and the MRCC co-ordinating the incident.”

The ARC race office is still investigating the incident.

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