The Guadeloupe region was raided on Thursday January 12, Agence France-Presse (AFP) learned from concordant sources, as part of the investigation into thedeadly accident occurred on November 16 when Charles Caudrelier, winner of the Route du rhum, arrived in Pointe-à-Pitre. The search was conducted Thursday afternoon at the regional hotel in Basse-Terre, capital of Guadeloupe, a source in the gendarmerie told AFP.
On November 16, around 5 a.m., a follower boat of the winning ship of the race was wrecked while carrying some of the members of the organization of the Route du rhum, resulting in the death of two of its occupants, aged 35 and 38 respectively.
A few days later, the public prosecutor of Pointe-à-Pitre announced the opening of a judicial investigation into the counts of “manslaughter and involuntary injury by recklessness and non-compliance with security texts”.
Joseph Bizard, the general manager of OC Sport Pen Duick – the organizer of the race – explained to the press that he had signed an agreement with the Guadeloupe region to obtain the provision of boats and “to have sent detailed specifications describing precisely the specificities to which we ask that the boats and their crews respond twenty-four hours a day”.
Following the call for tenders issued by the region, “the list of speedboats planned on the race course [avait été] subject to the direction of the sea to give them access to the various restricted areas”also specified Joseph Bizard.
The pilot of the shipwrecked boat was also indicted, and the investigation, entrusted to an investigating judge, is still ongoing.