French solo sailor saved by mobile phone
A French sailor, who fell overboard during a toilet break, has been rescued after clinging onto her mobile phone.
Florence Arthaud, 54, told a French TV station that she ‘quite simply fell into the water while preparing to take a pee’, while sailing alone on her 33ft (10m) yacht, The Argade II, near Corsica.
Fortunately she held onto her phone, which she had only bought the previous week and was encased in a waterproof covering.
She called her mother in Paris, who raised the alarm, and Ms Arthaud was rescued two hours later, suffering from hypothermia.
Ms Arthaud is one of the world’s top solo sailors and became the first woman to win a single-handed ocean race overall when she triumphed in the 1990 transatlantic Route du Rhum.
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