Sailor says he had no fear in leaping to rescue boat

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The French sailor who made a daring jump from high up the rigging pole of his disabled ship to a rescue boat said he wasn’t frightened by the 20-foot seas that were battering his sail boat around.

“I was not terrified at all but concentrate. disconnecting the heart from the brain, animalizing me,” Emmanuel Wattecamps-Etienne wrote to an Associated Press reporter on Friday.

Wattecamps-Etienne made the jump Tuesday from his sailboat, La Chimere, after the sailboat lost its rudder, solar panels, autopilot and most every other piece of equipment in rough seas and gale-force winds about 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. He tucked his cat inside his coat before making the leap off the doomed sailboat.

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