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Kito de Pavant recovered from stricken yacht

Kito de Pavant, the 55 years old French skipper of Bastide-Otio, was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 01:00 hrs Wednesday morning.

His boat suffered keel damage when racing in the remote South Indian Ocean in the Vendee Globe solo round the world race.

He was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht and taken aboard the research and supply ship Marion Dufresne II approximately 110 miles north of the Crozet Islands.

The solo skipper was immediately assessed by the ship's doctor. De Pavant is uninjured but is extremely tired and disappointed.

The Marion Dufresne accelerated to reach the monohull as quickly as possible, as her keel threatened to drop off at any moment endangering the life of the skipper.

As night fell in the area, the vessel reached Bastide-Otio at around 15:30 UTC and established radio contact with Kito de Pavant, who described the situation, with winds still blowing at around thirty knots and on very rough seas.

Captain Dudouit (Marion Dufresne II):

“We picked up Kito de Pavant with our rigid inflatable this morning, in spite of the weather remaining fairly rough with force 6-7 winds and huge waves."

"We were on a supply mission in the southern islands, which is our usual job in December."

Kito de Pavant (Bastide-Otio):

“I was lucky with my bad luck. The Marion Dufresne was in the area and that only happens four times a year."

"The smash broke the aft part of the keel and hull around it and the aft keel mountings were ripped off too."

"When I went to look, the keel was still hanging there, but by the time I had furled the staysail (J-3) to slow the boat down, the keel had dropped around four inches."

"So now I’m on the Marion Dufresne II on her way towards the Crozet Islands and then the Kerguelens and Amsterdam. I’ll be staying on the French supply ship for three weeks."

"I don’t know this part of the world, but I’ll be doing the tour of all these remote islands."

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