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    Default Tragic drowning of three children in France

    According to Figaro this morning, a tragedy unfolded in France yesterday where three children were drowned following the capsize of a boat just off Agon-Coutainvilleas (Normandy). A quote attributed to the SNSM described the rescue operation as a nightmare, “According to Figaro a SNSM rescuer commented, "It was very fast and at the same time nightmarish, the time to set up a rescue vessel is 15 minutes, we did it as fast as we could. In these cases, it seems that time is stopping. It's dramatic, we're deeply affected and we'll be scarred for life,"

    http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-fra...fants-20190813
    Last edited by dom; 14-08-19 at 17:39. Reason: Correction from LadyinBed

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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    Tragic. For those of us that don't read French too well, does the report give more details about type of boat and what caused the capsize?
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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    It was a small 4-5m cabin cruiser with an outboard which broke down while returning to the beach. The waves were 1-1.5m which started to break closer to the beach. It seems like the engine broke down, the boat turned sideways and was soon rolled. The 3 poor children - all wearing life jackets - took shelter in the cabin and were tragically trapped there.

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    "On the boat were three children and three adults. The minors, two girls of 9 and 13 years old and a boy of 7 years old from the Orne and Mayenne are drowned. Adults are uninjured or slightly injured."

    Tragic. As an adult, how can one ever come to terms with that? I suspect that one never does.

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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    Terrible. Must be devastating for the adults having believed they had placed the kids in the safest place.

    There was a similar case a few years ago of a woman who drowned when trapped below decks wearing a life jacket and another accident when a couple of chaps drowned on tethers when a yacht rolled trying to get into closed port (Peniche?) but a guy not clipped on survived.

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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    I heard it on the VHF but was far too far away to respond.

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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    Oh god. My heart goes out to the families. Tragic.

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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    An appalling outcome in relatively innocuous circumstances, made worse by all parties doing their utmost to prevent such a tragedy.

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    and another accident when a couple of chaps drowned on tethers when a yacht rolled trying to get into closed port (Peniche?) but a guy not clipped on survived.
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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    The poor children were wearing life jackets which I fear made matters worse.

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    Default Re: Tragic drowning of three children in France

    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    , the time to set up a star is 15 minutes, we did it as fast as we could.
    Anyone know what a Star is?
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