French adventurer, 75, attempting to row across the Atlantic found dead | France

A 75-year-old Frenchman attempting to row across the Atlantic “to snicker at outdated age” has been found dead in his cabin at sea, his assist staff stated.

Portuguese coast guards found Jean-Jacques Savin’s overturned boat off the archipelago of the Azores on Friday.

They despatched a diver down on Saturday to search it, his staff added, however the former paratrooper’s physique “was found lifeless inside the cabin”.

The avid triathlete set off from the southern tip of mainland Portugal on 1 January, however there had been no contact with him since in a single day Thursday to Friday when he activated two misery beacons.

Jean-Jacques Savin tests his rowing boat last year.
Jean-Jacques Savin in his rowing boat. {Photograph}: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Photographs

It was simply his newest journey after crossing the Atlantic alone in a custom-built barrel in 2019, a 127-day journey adopted by 1000’s on Fb.

Savin hoped once more to attain the Caribbean, this time in a rowing boat eight metres lengthy and 1.7 metres extensive, with a rowing station at its centre.

His staff earlier on Saturday stated they had been “very fearful”.

“We haven’t heard from him since 00:34 yesterday (Friday) morning,” they stated, including that he had activated “two misery beacons, telling us he was ‘in nice issue’”.

His daughter in a Fb publish stated a search operation “was instantly set in movement in coordination with the French, Portuguese and US sea rescue providers”.

He was final heard from north of Madeira, Portuguese islands off the north-west coast of Africa, on his manner to Ponta Delgada in the Azores.

Shortly after leaving on 1 January, unfavourable wind circumstances had pressured Savin to lengthen his journey by 900km (550 miles).

On Wednesday, he had reported “robust swell and … wind” on Fb, including that he had been pressured to change from utilizing an electrical water desalinator to a backup one operated by hand.

“It’s costing me bodily power,” he wrote. However “be assured I’m not at risk”.

Savin, who stated rowing across the Atlantic was a manner to “snicker at outdated age”, celebrated his seventy fifth birthday on Friday final week on board his two-cabin boat.

He had set off with 300kg (660lbs) of kit, together with freeze-dried meals, a spear gun to fish and a heater, in addition to the two desalinators.

To rejoice his birthday, he had additionally introduced alongside his mandolin, foie gras and champagne.


“I’m off on vacation to the open sea,” he had stated earlier than leaving.

“I’ll row eight hours a day and when the wind blows too onerous, I’ll shut myself in,” he stated.

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