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Omani sailboat capsizes off coast of Newfoundland

1 August 2016 - News - Press

Five sailors plucked from an Omani sailboat are headed back to Canada after their trimaran overturned off the coast of Newfoundland.

The Musandam-Oman Sail capsized early Sunday morning during a transatlantic voyage from Quebec to France. All five crew were picked up by an oil tanker, transferred to the Canadian Coast Guard, and are arriving back in St. John's early this week.

Sub-Lt. Jamie Tobin, a spokesperson with the Maritime Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, said one of the five sailors was being treated for injuries, and was airlifted to hospital.

The sailing authority in Oman said in a statement on Sunday that the group was looking at ways to recover the "flagship boat."

The Musandam-Oman Sail was competing in the Transat Québec Saint-Malo race. The boat capsized about 800 kilometres east of the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.

Skipper Sidney Gavignet was hoping to break a record for quick passage on the 5,000 kilometre course. The trimaran left Quebec on Wednesday.

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