Det här är ett klipp från www.sailnet.com: (här) om bärgningen av Bernard Stamm och Damien Guillou från IMOCA60:an Cheminées Poujoulat som sjönk tidigt på julaftonsmorgonen. Det är en översättning av Bernard Stamms franska orginaltext. Översättningen är gjord av signaturen PCP, som sedan många år håller igång tråden "Iteresting Sailboats" på Sailnet.
"Bernard Stamm and Damien Guillou were recovered by a
Norwegian freighter on Monday around 7:30 am, 180 Miles off Brest when they
brought back Cheminées Poujoulat fromAzores to France. Both men saw the IMOCA
monohull break into two , then slowly sinking and they owe their survival to the
effectiveness of crew of the freighter Star Isfjord.
Damien and I, we were 200 miles from the tip of Cornwall
and 180 nautical miles from Brest . We were a little ahead of the front sailing downwind.
There were between 43 and 45 knots but it was manageable. We were prepared for
this gale. We were under storm jib, with four reefs in the mainsail. Clearly,
we really had the handbrake on, but in a wave, the boat broke in two, just near
the movable foils.
We prepared things
on the eventuality of having to leave the boat. The sea was huge so we tried to
assess the risk of the boat degradation to the point of being better to abandon
it. We tried to take away the mast but we did not succeed. It was really too
dangerous to try to do that. However, we managed to make it fall a bit more in
the water and that stop it from beating viciously against the hull. We went
inside and grabbed our survival equipment. Clearly, we were not sure how long
the boat would float.
A French Navy falcon 50 from the Hyères base
arrived on the area around 23:30, after refueling in Bordeaux. They coordinated
the rescue before being relayed by a maritime patrol aircraft around 6am Monday.
Meanwhile, a rescue by a helicopter, a British Sea King rescue type, was
attempted. They had asked us to leave the boat on the liferaft, the only way a
diver could pick us up. That's what we did but Damien and I have never managed
to get away from the boat. It was very dangerous since the life raft was being
throw violently by the waves against the broken bow. Finally, we had to re-board
Cheminées Poujoulat leaving on the raft almost all of our water, survival bag ,
telephone , rockets ... In short, at this point , we have lost a lot of our
Rescuers told us dive and to swim out of the boat for
the diver to try to pick us up directly in the water. Unfortunately, that did
not work either and was a very bad idea because I had a lot of trouble to get
back to the boat again. I was quite shocked with all this situation.
After that we no longer had access to the sail locker where was stored
our second life-raft and therefore five were dropped from the plane, but all
have fallen too far away from us.
Then the cargo arrived and maneuvered
to get alongside us. A rope was thrown at us but we missed it and the operation
almost got us crushed against the cargo and in meantime Cheminées Poujoulat
continued to sink . The crew threw us a new rope while we were along the cargo
and this time, we, standing on the back of the sinking boat were able to catch
it and block the remains of our boat against the cargo. The crew then descended
a rope but we were banged violently against the hull and could not hold the rope
and fall on the water.
With Damien things went better and he did not went
far away but I have done 80 meters in the water, sometimes drinking a lot of it
until I succeed in grabbing the net they had deployed. Damien swam next to the
cargo and they throw him a ring buoy in which he could get in an only then he
was able to catch the net and get out of trouble.
It was really super hot
because there was a lot of sea and Cheminées Poujoulat, at that time, was
almost entirely under water . There was only one small part of the transom
sticking to the surface and the bow that was hanging from the shrouds . For me
this was a really hard thing to look.
The Filipino crew of the freighter
MV Star Isfjord showed an incredible seamanship on the rescue. The Cargo is now
bound to the Netherlands, where we should arrive Wednesday evening .
want to thank to all the men who participated in this major operation . Thank
you from my heart ."