L’arrival of the Route du Rhum in Pointe-à-Pitre was mournedthis Wednesday, November 16, after the capsizing of a follower boat which accompanied Charles Caudrelier, winner of the 12th edition.
“The conditions of the accident are still undetermined”, the organization said in a statement. “But it caused the tragic deaths of two passengers, two members of the OC Sport Pen Duick company which organizes the transatlantic sailing race. »
Alex Picot, project manager at OC Sport, in charge of the Arkea Ultim Challenge and the Solitaire du Figaro, and François Naveilhan, sales and partnerships manager for OC Sport, were killed in the accident.
OC Sport teams “deeply bruised”
“All our thoughts go out to the families of our two employees and to all of our deeply wounded teams”said Hervé Favre, president of OC Sport Pen Duick.
“The OC Sport Pen Duick teams, the main partners of the event – the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, the city of Saint-Malo and Saint-Malo Agglomeration, the Brittany Region, the CIC – and all the stakeholders of the organization join in the immense pain of the families and send them their deepest and sincere condolences.”continues the statement of the organization.
Judicial information opened
A judicial investigation has been opened for manslaughter, said the Pointe-à-Pitre prosecution.
The race organization said the celebrations planned for the arrival of the sailors have been canceled for the day.