It was a witness who finally gave the alert, late Monday morning.
At around 11 a.m., a lifeless body was found washed up on a beach in Barre-de-Monts, Vendée.
According to the Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic, this discovery occurred when a passenger ship had reported, an hour and a half before, the presence of an "unconscious individual" who was floating "near the Noirmoutier bridge" .
A speedboat from the Fromentine National Sea Rescue Society arrived at the scene around 10 a.m., but the sea rescuers had failed to locate the victim.
indicates that an investigation was opened by the Sables-d'Olonne public prosecutor's office.
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