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Bristol sailors rescued after boat capsizes off France

Tony Bullimore
Image caption Tony Bullimore survived five days trapped in an upturned boat during a round-the-world race

Seven sailors from Bristol have been rescued after their catamaran capsized in the Bay of Biscay.

The crew was returning to the city from a trial run to northern Spain on board the Spirit of Antigua when they got into difficulty on Wednesday night.

The yacht is owned by Tony Bullimore, who survived five days trapped in an upturned boat in the Southern Ocean during the Vendee Globe in 1996.

The sailors were saved by the French coastguard and taken to Brest.

Arrangements are being made with the British consulate for them to be brought home.

Rob Salvidge, of the Bristol Ferry Boat Company, said he was making arrangements to have the vessel, which used to be called Enza and Team Legato, towed to shore.

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