French yacht overturns near PE - two missing

Cape Town - A French and South African man are missing after their catamaran was found overturned in the water, while the pair were en route from Durban to East London, maritime officials said on Sunday.

“There is no sign of survivors, but the search is continuing,” said maritime rescue co-ordination centre duty controller Mark Steed.

Steed said that on Friday afternoon a distress beacon signal was detected, in the vicinity of where the French yacht, the Llama Lo, was located.

Four merchant vessels were sent to go and search the area: “They found a life raft, and the capsized hull and another inflatable dinghy.”

However, there was no sign of the two men, known to be aboard the catamaran.

Steed said that on Sunday, arrangements were being made to get rescue swimmers down to inspect the hull.

“There is sign of damage to the hull; how it got there, we cannot say.”

It was also hoped that merchant vessels in the area might spot something significant – although weather conditions were adverse.

“The weather is very rough at the moment; there have been huge swells; there have been high winds.”

Steed said that further information about the two men could not yet be released.

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