VM Masteriaux, formerly third-place in the Vendee Globe, has capsized, trapping her skipper Jean Le Cam inside the hull, 250 miles off the coast of Chile.
From The Independent:
Riou was the first of the two to arrive on the scene. He saw the upturned hull but with a flag fluttering through a skin fitting at the bow of VM Materiaux. He was then able to shout loud enough to make oral contact with le Cam inside the upturned hull.
The escape hatch at the stern was underwater the way the hull was floating, making immediate escape too hazardous. A Chilean naval tug has left Puerto Williams with a rigid inflatable boat and a team of divers and is expected to rendezvous with le Cam at 06.30GMT on Wednesday.
A plane spotted le Cam’s yacht upside down, apparently having lost either its keel or keel bulb and the tanker was soon alongside 300 metres away, though the sea state in the 25 to 30-knot winds made the launch of a rescue boat and crew too hazardous.