Fellow Vendée competitor Vincent Riou has made contact with Jean Le Cam

There was much relief as Vincent Riou made contact with the missing skipper Jean Le Cam (pictured) this afternoon. Read previous story here .

At 14:21 GMT Vincent Riou (PRB) arrived at the scene of VM Matériaux’s capsize. He reported that he found the yacht floating upside down, missing its keel bulb, but a small ‘flag’ was visible at one of the through-hull fittings on the bow of the upturned yacht. The stern of VM Matériaux, where there is an emergency escape hatch, is underwater.

Riou shouted for Le Cam and heard a response from the French skipper inside the capsized boat.

A Chilean naval tug has also been sent to aid the rescue effort. The tug left Puerto Williams at 12:30 GMT and is due to reach the area tomorrow morning at 06:30. The tug is equipped with a RIB and divers to assist in recovering the skipper.