Saturday 25 May, 2019

St Eustatius welcomes Frenchman who crossed the Atlantic in a barrel

Jean Jacques Savin of France in his barrel. Photo taken from The Herald.

Jean Jacques Savin of France in his barrel. Photo taken from The Herald.

St Eustatius was not his intended destination but that is where 71-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin of France ended up after spending 128 days at sea in a barrel.

Savin crossed the Atlantic from the Canary Islands on board a simple barrel of six square metres without an engine and without assistance.

The Statia newspaper The Herald said after 128 days of solitude at sea, the maritime tanker Kelly Anne collected Savin off the coast of St. Eustatius (off Santo Domingo).

Scubaqua Dive Center Ingrid and Menno Walther accommodated Savin on his arrival.

"The solidarity machine was set up to allow him to enjoy his short stay on the island. The hotel Old Gin House graciously made a sea-view room available and Scubaqua Dive Center Statia helped him in his administrative process before sharing a beer at the edge of the water and a raclette of Swiss cheese," said Walther.

 “Jean-Jacques does not realise so far what he did. He is still in his journey and probably needs a few days before realising his sportive achievement, but he seems to be at least very proud of being successful,” Walther said.

Savin is expected to journey to Martinique before being taken to France with his barrel. 

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