French adventurer dies crossing Atlantic Ocean on rowboat


A French adventurer has died as he was trying to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean, his loved ones said.

Jean-Jacques Savin, 75, was discovered dead Saturday inside the cabin of his boat, which was found overturned off the Azore Islands, a Portuguese archipelago, according to friends on a Facebook page chronicling his journey.

He had taken off on Jan. 1 from the southern tip of Portugal to row across the Atlantic in a journey that he had anticipated would take about three months.

On Thursday night, the former soldier activated two distress beacons.

“Unfortunately, the ocean this time was stronger this time than our friend, he who so loved navigating and the sea,” the post said.

The exact circumstances of his death have not been determined.

Jean-Jacques Savin, a former paratrooper, 74, tests his rowboat at a shipyard in Lege-Cap-Ferret, southwestern France
Jean-Jacques Savin was discovered dead inside the cabin of his boat.

In 2019, Savin had floated alone across the Atlantic in a large barrel-shaped capsule, using sea currents to propel himself.

With Post wires

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