the boat was not allowed to sail at night

Investigation on the fatal accident at the finish of the Route du Rhum, this Wednesday, November 16, 2022, continues in Guadeloupe. Two employees of the organizer OC Sport, Axel Picot and Francois Naveilhandied after the capsize of a semi-rigid on the night of the arrival of Charles Caudrelier, winner of the Ultim race.

A permit that only allowed daytime travel

A shuttle which, according to information from Guadeloupe the first , was not authorized to sail in the middle of the night. The Guadeloupean media assures that the navigation license of the Coralia, the boat which capsized, only authorized day trips, “not exceeding 12 hours and with the obligation to reach the same port-base at the end of the day “.

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To be able to sail at night, the boat should also have been equipped with signaling elements such as flashlights on life jackets. Those of the Coralia were visibly devoid of it. Following this tragedy, the race management suspended the support boats when the next competitors of the Rum Route.

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