Jean-Jacques Savin, 75, French adventurer, has died while attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean on a solo trip. This was according to a statement which was released by a team which was supporting him in his feat.
“It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of our friend Jean-Jacques,” his support team said in a post on Facebook.
“The body of Jean-Jacques was found lifeless inside the cabin of his canoe l’Audacieux (The Audacious).”
Savin had started his trip from southwest Portugal on January 1 and was headed toward Ponta Delgada in the Azores islands before losing contact with this team early on January 21.
Portugal’s maritime authority saw Savin’s boat floating in an overturned position closer to Azores on Friday. A diver descended under the waterline to look inside the boat’s small cabin and discovered Savin’s lifeless body inside.
“Unfortunately, this time the ocean was stronger than our friend, who loved sailing and the sea so much,” Savin’s support team said. Enter your email to sign up for CNN’s “Meanwhile in China” Newsletter.
Savin has been part of many adrenaline rushing adventures in the past. This was not the first attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean. In the past he achieved that using a giant orange barrel and covered a distance of 2,930 miles. He reached the shores on May 2019 on St. Eustatius – a tiny Dutch Caribbean Island. He stayed at the sea for more than 4 months.
Previously, he worked as a pilot for private planes, climbed Mount Blac and worked as a military paratrooper.
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