The three sailors rescued from the Atlantic Ocean last Saturday by the crew of the cargo ship Midas of the Åland shipping company Godby Shipping were French top-level racing sailors and experienced transatlantic crossers.

The fourth member of the Hallucine crew of the crashed catamaran drowned.

He had been the deck watchman at the time of the accident and was washed into the sea.

The body was found in the sea 36 hours later.

The trio in the cabin spent a long night standing on top of a crashed catamaran and boarded in daylight on a liferaft whose rope was removed.

Thanks to the distress signal, Midas found the shipwrecked after Captain Timo Väänänen had received a rescue mission from the Portuguese maritime rescue authorities.

The Midas, which was on its way from Riga, Latvia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was the closest ship and took four hours to get there as well.

Ilta-Sanomat reported on the rescue operation on Monday.

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Hallucine took a class win a year ago at the major ARC, or Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, and a sailing event that crosses the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

Hallucine scored 11 days, 16 hours, 52 minutes and 47 seconds arriving in Saint Lucia on December 6th.

As in the shipwreck, Regis Guillemot was the chief at the time.

He owns a port in Martinique, Caribbean.

In an interview after the shipwreck, Guillemot suspects Hallucine of colliding with an unknown object floating in the ocean, possibly a cargo container.

That was indicated by the bumps found in Hallucine.

Guillemot said the rescuers were shocked because they could not initially understand what had happened, as the sea was relatively calm at the time of the accident and the wind was in no case more than 16 to 20 meters per second.

TS5 catamarans are very fast and high-performance boats, marine formula cars.

They are made at the Marsauden shipyard in Lorient, Brittany.

This year’s ARC competition starts in the Canary Islands on November 22nd.

Hallucine was on its way to the Canary Islands when it broke down, and from there, according to Timo Väänänen, it had to continue to the Caribbean.

It is not known to IS whether the ship was to participate in the race.

Currently, its name cannot be found in the list of registrants.