Swiss yachtsman Bourgnon missing in French Polynesia

25 Jun, 2015 7:54 pm

PAPEETE – Swiss yachtsman Laurent Bourgnon was reported missing on Thursday after failing to return from a diving trip in French Polynesia, local authorities said.

Bourgnon, 49, was on a private boat with tourists, who alerted the rescue services when he failed to come back on Wednesday at 1345 local time, the High Commission of the Republic in French Polynesia said in a statement.

A helicopter was on site at 1700 local time but Bourgnon has not been found.

Bourgnon won the Route du Rhum, a famous boat race from Brittany to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, in 1994 and 1998. –Reuters

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