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Search for 7 Bourbon Rhode seamen missing in Atlantic to be scaled down

Christian Fernsby |
An operation to find a missing crew since their vessel sank off Martinique will be scaled down.

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The Luxembourg-flagged Bourbon Rhode ran into difficulty some 1,200 nautical miles from the French Caribbean island on September 26 as it sailed into hurricane Lorenzo, and was later confirmed to have sunk.

A major search operation was launched for the 14 people on board the tug supply vessel. Three crew members who had made their way onto a lifeboat were rescued two days later.

One was found dead shortly afterwards, and another three on Monday and Tuesday.

But "since Tuesday, October 1, no bodies have been found. After a week of searching, the survival time for a man in the sea, even well-equipped, is well over", the Martinique prefecture said in a statement.

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