French adventurer (75) dies during bid to row across Atlantic Ocean

Ex-soldier Jean-Jacques Savin found near Azores Islands after distress beacons activated

Adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin (75) has died during a solo attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

Adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin (75) has died during a solo attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

 

A 75-year-old French adventurer has died during a solo attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

The death of Jean-Jacques Savin was announced by friends on a Facebook page that had been chronicling his voyage.

They said maritime rescue services found his body on Saturday inside the cabin of his boat, named Audacious, which was found overturned off the Azores Islands, a mid-Atlantic Portuguese archipelago.

The former soldier set off on January 1st from the southern tip of Portugal on the westward voyage, which he had anticipated would take about three months.

In 2019, Mr Savin floated alone across the Atlantic in a large barrel-shaped capsule. Propelled only by winds and currents, that crossing from Spain’s Canary Islands to the Caribbean took 127 days.

Mr Savin activated two distress beacons on Thursday night.

“Unfortunately, the ocean this time was stronger this time than our friend, he who so loved navigating and the sea,” the Facebook post announcing his death said. – PA