The Guadeloupe Region was searched on Thursday, AFP learned from concordant sources, as part of the investigation into the fatal accident that occurred on November 16 when Charles Caudrelier, winner of the the Route du Rhum.
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 5:00 a.m., a follower boat of the winning ship of the race was shipwrecked, so that it was transporting some of the members of the Route du Rhum organizationleading to 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 of the heads “involuntary homicides and involuntary injuries due to recklessness and non-compliance with safety texts“. Joseph Bizard, the general manager of OC Sport Pen Duick – the organizer of the race -, had indicated to the press that he had signed an agreement with the Guadeloupe Region to obtain the provision of boats and him “have sent detailed specifications describing precisely the specificities to which we ask that the boats and their crews respond 24 hours a day“.
Following the call for tenders issued by the Region, “the list of launches envisaged on the body of water (has been) submitted to the Department of the Sea to give them access to the various restricted areas“, had also specified Joseph Bizard. The pilot of the shipwrecked boat was also indicted and the investigation, entrusted to an investigating judge, is still ongoing.
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