Strong gale in the Channel and the Atlantic, one death in Calvados

Numerous rescue operations were carried out in the Channel and in the Atlantic on the night of Saturday June 18 to Sunday June 19 due to a strong gale after the record heat wave, we learned Sunday morning from maritime prefectures of Brest and Cherbourg.

A single victim was, Sunday morning, to deplore, a 31-year-old kitesurfer thrown against a building on Saturday evening in Villers-sur-Mer, in Calvados. A person initially reported missing at sea in Deauville was finally found on land safe and sound, we learned from a prefectural source.

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“More than sixty operations were carried out during the night and very significant relief resources, civilian and military, were deployed”told AFP the maritime prefecture of the Atlantic in Brest whose area of ​​​​competence extends from the bay of Mont Saint-Michel to the Spanish border.

“An unusual number of interventions in this season”

These operations, with maritime and air resources, took place on the entire coast, from the coasts of Brittany to the Charentes, to the Gironde, “including the Spanish zone of the Bay of Biscay, it was specified from the same source.

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“Boaters were surprised by the deteriorating weather”, we commented. These included drifting boats, propulsion damage, broken moorings or, on occasion, people reported missing by their relatives, for lack of news and worried about changing weather conditions. “Such a high number of interventions is unusual in this season”it was pointed out.

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Météo France had announced this sudden deterioration from Saturday evening of weather conditions on the coast. Sunday morning, force 8 winds (between 60 to 75 km / h) were still blowing on the north coast and the west coast of Brittany as well as on the west coast of Cotentin. The Normandy coasts up to the Bay of Somme were swept by force 7 winds.

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