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French Yachtsman Rescued in Atlantic

June 24, 1996

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) _ A French sailor whose yacht overturned during a transatlantic race was rescued Monday by a Canadian patrol boat.

Francis Joyaon, 40, had been sitting atop his 60-foot yacht, 220 miles southeast of Halifax, since Sunday evening.

``He was in reasonably good health and spirits,″ said Capt. Hans Kleemann of the search and rescue center in Halifax.

Joyaon crawled into a bottom hatch of the blue-hulled trimaran to protect himself from the elements and reach his food and hand-held radio.

The Frenchman was leading the 3,230-mile Original Classic race to Newport, R.I., from Plymouth, England. The event offers $50,000 in prizes and attracts some of the best racers in the yachting world.

``He was way ahead of the pack,″ said Roger Metherell of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England.

The British coast guard was investigating a distress signal sent out Monday by another yacht 600 miles from Britain.

On Thursday, another French racer was rescued after his trimaran flipped over approximately 930 miles east of Newfoundland.

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