WATCH: Loic Escoffier rescued after capsizing 70 miles south of Fastnet Rock

Loïc Escoffier was rescued after his ORC 50 capsized south of Fastnet Rock – his brother Kevin Escoffier received the alert.

Loïc Escoffier was rescued off Ireland after his ORC 50 capsized while racing solo in the Drheam Cup.

Loïc Escoffier, who is the brother of Vendée Globe skipper Kevin Escoffier, was racing the 1,000 mile solo race when he sent a message at 4.40pm yesterday (Tuesday July 19) to alert that he had capsized at about 60 miles to the south. by Fastnet Rock. His brother Kevin (who himself was rescued during the Vendée Globe single-handed race) received the message.

Escoffier was sailing in 30-knot winds when the catamaran capsized, and he was leading the fleet of four Rhum Multi boats. His Lodigroup sponsors reported that Loïc was well and safe inside the boat. Race management alerts the closest competitors to Escoffier’s position and to the search and rescue services.

Loïc Escoffier at the bow of his Lodigroup ORC50 overturned catamaran. Photo: Irish Coastguard

About six hours after the incident, at 10:00 p.m., the Irish Coastguard and Baltimore RNLI rescued Escoffier from the overturned vessel. Video footage shows the rough sea conditions at the time, as Escoffier was first picked up by RIB from the forward trampoline and transferred to Baltimore Lifeboat.

Shortly before midnight, Escoffier was then airlifted by helicopter and transferred to Cork University Hospital.

Loïc Escoffier (right) with his brother Kevin (second from right) and their father Franck-Yves, himself a winner of the Route du Rhum, at the launch of the boat. Photo: Lodigroup/PolaRyse.

The Irish Coastguard released a statement saying: “Valentia Coastguard, working with French and UK SAR authorities, have coordinated a response to an incident involving a crewed racing catamaran approximately 70 miles south- west of Mizen Head late last night. As part of the rescue operation, Coast Guard helicopters from Shannon and Waterford and the lifeboat from Baltimore were dispatched to the scene.

“Just after 10pm yesterday the victim was recovered from the overturned catamaran by the Baltimore RNLI lifeboat and then transported by Waterford R117 helicopter from the scene. The catamaran is believed to have suffered damage to its keel and overturned. Just before midnight, R117 transferred the sailor to Cork University Hospital.The skipper is believed to be in good spirits after his ordeal.

Valentia Divisional Controller John Draper added: “The recovery was more difficult than initially anticipated and I want to commend both the Baltimore RNLI crew and the helicopter crews for their professionalism.”

The ORC50 Lodigroup is sailing earlier this season. Photo: Lodigroup/Polaryse

The Lodi Group also released a statement on its social media pages saying: “Shortly before midnight on Tuesday July 19, almost seven hours after he was knocked down off the Fastnet, Loïc Escoffier was rescued by the Irish Coastguard. The skipper is fine and uninjured.

“The whole LODIGROUP team warmly thanks Brieuc Maisonneuve, Rhum Multi competitor, who stayed close to Loïc until his evacuation, as well as the race management and rescue teams for their responsiveness and professionalism.

The Drheam Cup is a 1,000-mile race that takes solo fleets from Cherbourg, past Lizard Point to Fastnet Rock, then to a spinning buoy off Ile de Ré and Vendée, before to end at La Trinité-sur-Mer. The fleet includes Class 40, Ocean 50, Figaro and IRC models as well as high-performance multihulls.

The Lodigroup d’Escoffier is an ORC 50 catamaran (formerly known as the TS5) launched in March this year. He had taken part in several crewed races with the boat this season, but this was his first solo race on a multihull.

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