Posted on June 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The French rescue vessel, Patron Jacques Morisseau was caught in a storm during the morning hours of June the 7th while transiting off the western coast of France. As a result of the adverse weather conditions, the vessel capsized, claiming the lives of three of its crew members.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 am on Friday morning. The French vessel had just departed on a rescue mission, after the fishing vessel Carrera ran into trouble in rough seas, some 2.5 miles off the coast of France.
The storm Miguel had been active over the Bay of Biscay, creating gusts of up to 80 miles an hour.
The rescue vessel had been sailing some 800 metres off the beach of Tanchet when a wave broke the windows of the cockpit.
The ensuing water ingress caused a short circuit that led to engine failure. As a result, the vessel was grounded, and started to take on water at a rapid pace.
Local authorities immediately dispatched a SAR team, comprising of seventy firefighters, three helicopters, as well as forces from the national gendarmerie and the French Navy.
Four of the crew members managed to successfully swim ashore, but unfortunately, three of them did not make it.
Two crew members were stuck inside the vessel that had overturned on the rocks, unable to escape the rushing water.
Furthermore, the Captain of the distressed fishing vessel, Carrera is missing, and according to local authorities, considered dead.