Sébastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon were airlifted from the BT yacht at approx 1800GMT today (Friday, 13.11.09) by a Portuguese Air Force helicopter and headed for Lajes Field air base on the Azores island of Terceier. A full salvage operation is now underway to recover the boat. Today’s harrowing story began at 1020GMT this morning when the duo activated their EPIRB distress beacon this morning at 1020 GMT after suffering catastrophic structural damage caused by the sheer power of the waves. The shore team finally spoke to Sébastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon tonight at 2245 GMT: “I was afraid we’d have to spend the night on a boat that could go under at any moment,” said Jeff Cuzon before handing over to Seb. Sounding exhausted and understandably subdued, Seb relayed their daunting experience.,,Read More.Jump in.