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The disappearance of a 75-year-old rowing across the Atlantic Ocean

The disappearance of a 75-year-old rowing across the Atlantic Ocean

On Saturday we learned that a 70-year-old Frenchman, who has been paddling across the Atlantic since Jan. 1, sounded distress signals on Friday, and his team has not been in contact since.

Jean-Jacques Savin, who celebrated his 75th birthday on January 14 on his boat “Audacieux”, which is eight meters long and 1.70 meters wide, had left Sagres (southern Portugal) on January 1st to become the “Dean of the Atlantic”, a way of mockery of old age.”

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“Unfortunately, since 00:34 am yesterday (Friday), we no longer have any contact or any demonstration from him,” his team told AFP.

“Our concern is as great as you can imagine,” adds the team, which determines that the adventurer has set off “two distress beacons indicating that we were ‘in great difficulty’.”

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In a letter to her friends and to Agence France-Presse, Manon, daughter of Jean-Jacques Savin, confirmed, “We are of course very concerned. Everything was carried out immediately in coordination with the French, Portuguese and American maritime rescue services.”

According to the communications director of the volunteer team, at the time of the last communications, Jean-Jacques Savin was offshore, north of Madeira and was on his way to the small island of Ponta Delgada, in the Azores archipelago, for repair.

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After rerouting its course due to high winds and greatly lengthening the planned path, the Septuagint encountered serious problems with malfunctions of electric batteries and solar collectors.

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In 2019, this ex-soldier spent more than four months in a barrel-shaped boat measuring three meters long and 2.10 meters in diameter to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone, due to winds and currents.

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