Strong Winds: A Russian Sailor died off Brittany

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Strong winds hit Brittany

A Russian sailor fell overboard, died last night off the coast of Finistère. Strong winds have caused the disappearance of a man in Batz-sur-Mer.

This Thursday at 5.28pm, the vessel Cape Mayor, a container ship registered in the Marshall Islands, which was sailing about 70 km north of the island of Ouessant, alerted relief: Due to winds, a their sailors, of Russian nationality, fell into the sea while another 42 years was injured.

The injured were evacuated by helicopter to Brest. The search for the second sailor fell overboard helped find him but he could not be saved and was pronounced dead in the evening.

Yellow alert “winds”

Already at the beginning of Thursday afternoon, a fisherman disappeared at Batz-sur-Mer(Loire-Atlantique), carried away by a wave. Research undertaken in the afternoon have failed to find him.

The prefectures of the departments placed yellow alert “winds” by Météo France recommend extreme caution at sea, mainly Saturday when expected a “strong wave” on the entire coastline.

In Morbihan, the prefecture recommend “very strongly” accordingly “certain traditional bathing the beginning of the year” scheduled Saturday and “recommends extreme caution for possible swims of Sunday, January 3rd”.

Damaged propulsion

“Due to the very difficult weather conditions on the Atlantic coast, and given their announced degradation, maritime prefecture of the Atlantic calls for great caution, users of the sea, each person in the sea or wanting to go there “, recalls the maritime prefecture.

Thursday morning, the ship Köningsborg, registered in the Netherlands, who found himself in propulsion damaged 33 km west of Ouessant, where he lost much of its cargo timber parked on the bridge. Due to weather conditions, the ship was towed by the Abeille Bourbon to be driven safely in Brest.

The navigators were warned of the danger associated with the cargo timber lost at sea “means will be implemented to retrieve it as soon as weather conditions permit”, said the maritime prefecture.

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