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    Default French lifeboat lost; three dead.

    This was the Les Sables d’Olonne reserve lifeboat, of an older design. The new boat was out of service. She capsized moments after this picture was taken, righted, capsized again and remained inverted until washed ashore. The crew on deck were thrown into the sea and swam ashore, the three men in the wheelhouse died.

    The boat on the right is the one that capsized after the wheelhouse windows were stove in:



    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48553351

    https://www.snsm.org/la-snsm-deplore...u-etre-secouru
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    Awful.. I remember the Solomon Brown disaster, and know how hard it affects everyone from a small fishing town when they lose people like this. Everyone freezes when they hear that first maroon, praying it will be only one. (One is a drill, two is a shout for real).

    Fathers, sons, cousins, brothers. RIP.

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    Default Re: French lifeboat lost; three dead.

    Yes. I ought to have mentioned that there is a link to a fund set up for the families on the SNSM website that I linked to. The SNSM is like our RNLI - a volunteer service supported by voluntary contributions.
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    Default Re: French lifeboat lost; three dead.

    Loss of the brave.

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    It's a hard thing, and a great loss.
    I spent my life in law enforcement and rescue, you never forget the friends and shipmates lost.

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    They went out to rescue a fisherman who's lost too.
    The storm was perfectly forecasted.
    Why this guy went fishing at that moment ?
    Thoughts to the families.
    Gerard.
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    RIP.

    Rappelapente--many governments have enacted very short fishing seasons, which pressures fisherman to make their catch in a smaller window of time than they have had historically. Maybe that was the case here?

    Kevin


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