November 8, 2005
Sailing-Three racing yachts capsize in Atlantic
LONDON (Reuters) - British and French rescuers scrambled on
Tuesday to reach the crews of three yachts which capsized in
"ferocious" conditions during an Atlantic race.
A spokesman for Britain's Royal Air Force said it received
a distress warning around 0300 GMT from one yacht which had
capsized, leaving its two crew members clinging to the
overturned hull, west of the Bay of Biscay.
The yachts were part of a 34-strong fleet racing from
France to Brazil.
The RAF said it had scrambled a helicopter and a Nimrod
search and rescue aircraft which had been joined by two French
rescue helicopters, a French warship and several merchant
The spokesman described the conditions as ferocious with
60-knot winds and a very rough sea.