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Tri capsized in the bay of Biscay -3 missing

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Fears for three Danes after wrecked boat found off France

 

 

 

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A trimaran that was found capsized and empty off the west coast of France at the weekend had gone to sea with three Danes on board, port officials here said Wednesday.

The 'Jonathan Livingston', a 10-metre trimaran, had been berthed at the Moulin Blanc marina in the port of Brest from September 7-23.

The Danes, aged between 30 and 50, spent around three days in Brest during that time before taking the boat to sea on the 23rd without telling anyone locally where they were headed.

The overturned trimaran was found floating in waters about 130km (80 miles) southwest of Brest on September 29 by a fishing boat.

"It was in a very bad state, it had lost one of its three hulls and its rigging," Ingrid Parrot, a spokeswoman for the local sea rescue services, told AFP. The trimaran has not been spotted since and is assumed to have sunk.

Local rescue services did not register any distress call from the trimaran but a yacht in the area spotted an emergency flare that was sent up on the night of 23-24 September.

Adverse weather conditions that night prevented the yacht from getting to the source of the flare and search flights over the area on September 24 failed to spot any boats in distress.

A police investigation into the disappearance of the sailors has been opened.

 

Is it said to be a Quorning 33 "one off" boat - seems to be some years old.

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A French news site brings up some doubts about the story. The skipper (aged 54) was experienced, and the weather forecast was bad. It didn't make sense that in these conditions he would leave the port for Spain, with no hope to avoid winds of 50-60+ knots. It seems that the skipper had some drug trafficking history, and they speculate he wanted to escape from some not-so-nice-anymore business partners.

 

more here: http://www.letelegramme.com/ig/generales/regions/finistere/trimaran-retourne-un-skipper-au-passe-trouble-06-10-2012-1862237.php

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A fishing boat found the central hull yesterday. A search and rescue boat was able to tow it back to shore.

http://www.letelegramme.com/ig/generales/regions/finistere/naufrage-l-epave-du-trimaran-danois-remorquee-10-10-2012-1866613.php

There is also a report of other bits and pieces of the boat showing up somewhere else onshore. (les Glenans)

They hope to get more info about all that once they search the hull.

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(LeTelegramme for News and Picture)

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i guess the way the float broke

 

will answer a few questions...

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well one can hope for some tricky drug-dealers - that would be better for them and multis reputation....

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From the SA front page:

 

UPDATE FROM DENMARK: My name is Jens Quorning, I am the manufacturer of Dragonfly Trimarans. I have of course been closely following the accident of the Danish capsized and damaged trimaran where 3 Danish people are unfortunately still missing. But I would just like to inform you that your story reporting the boat as a Quorning built trimaran is not really correct. This trimaran (called Jonathan Livingston Seagull) was designed back in 1975 by my uncle, Bent Quorning, and was the only trimaran he built, and it was finished by a boatyard in plywood. It still looked good last year, but I don’t know many 33-year old plywood trimarans that will do well in Biscay in a storm.

 

So please note that the trimaran has no relation to the Borge and Jens

Quorning-designed Dragonfly Trimarans. Thank you for your attention and keep up your good work.

 

Best regards,

-Jens

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Hmmm. So these guys took the concept of "f#ck you money" to a whole new level. Wonder how they planned their exit. Its one thing to jump in a stormy Bay of Biscane in September with proper gear, stay warm, float over the waves for 24 - 36 hours or so...but after that, once you the sleep takes over...can you actually stay afloat? No idea really, just wondering....

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The french investigator havent found any leads that it was not an accident - so they believe the three danish men are lost at sea.

 

2 years ago the captain had a stunt with a stolen sailboat going to Marokko for smuggling - but he was only convicted to two weeks (!) in jail for stealing the boat - they didnt find any

hash on the abandoned boat in northern Spain at that time.

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Wonder how they planned their exit. Its one thing to jump in a stormy Bay of Biscane in September with proper gear, stay warm, float over the waves for 24 - 36 hours or so...but after that, once you the sleep takes over...can you actually stay afloat? No idea really, just wondering....

 

Surely if escaping was their plan it would be easier to just get picked up off the tri by another boat??

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