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Boat washes ashore 17 months after being abandoned

A sailracing boat that was the subject of a search-and-rescue mission in December 2010, washed onto shore Tuesday in Grand Strand, S.C., according to the Coast Guard.

The boat Multi50 trimaran named Région Aquitaine-Port-Médoc capsized in the Atlantic while returning from the finish of the Route du Rhum, a trans-Atlantic single-handed yacht race run every four years from France to the Caribbean.

Four people were on the boat at the time of the wreck and were all rescued.

Petty Officer Patrick Schwab, with the Coast Guard in Charleston, said there was some kind of structural failure on the boat and a piece of the hull broke and floated away during heavy seas, eventually it was found 1,000 nautical miles east of Bermuda.

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