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Oct. 14, 2017  1600 UTC

 S/V ESPERANCE, a French flagged 43’ steel sloop with a cutter rig.  The captain a French citizen named FREDERIC GOUON, age 54, who lived aboard his vessel in a marina in St Barts.  The vessel is white in color, red sail covers, wind generator on the stern, self steering vane on the transom, and the name ESPERANCE written on the side near the stern.  Family members advised there is no HF radio, EPIRB, or life raft on the boat. There was a fiberglass dinghy stowed on deck.  FREDERIC GOUON is an accomplished sailor, in good health. 


FREDERIC GOUON told his brother REGIS GOUON, that he intended to depart St Barts on September 18th before Hurricane Maria hit the island, and sail North for approximately 90 miles and weather the storm at sea. 


All persons who know FREDERIC GOUON, and lived near him in St Barts are requested to provide any further information regarding his departure.


Also, we note that Hurricane Irma hit St Barts on September 7th.  Does anyone know how FREDERIC GOUON survived Hurricane Irma?


Anyone with any information may e-mail Pamela Bendall at and Glenn & Eddie Tuttle at


UPDATE Oct. 1, 2017 at 2200 UTC

S/V Briseis was located on Sept. 22,  2017 near Puerto Rico
capsized with her dinghy missing.

Sept 26, 2017 1900 UTC

Laura Pecot <>

8:50 PM (11 hours ago)
I’m hoping you can help put this out to other sailors..
My friends Jennifer & Scott Hansen left St Croix Tuesday 9/19 at 4 AM, before Maria hit.  
We think they were headed Maho Bay St John on their boat, Briseis, until storm passed. 
They have not been heard from since Tuesday afternoon.
Jen’s daughter has notified the USCG— If anyone has any information or sees this 
sailing vessel please contact USCG or they can call or email me..

From: Laura Pecot <>
Date: September 25, 2017 at 9:20:52 PM CDT

Subject: Missing Jennifer & Scott Hansen - Briseis
Jennifer & Scott Hansen left STX Tuesday 9/19 headed North to Maho Bay - St. John.  
They were going there to avoid hurricane Maria and were planning to return to STX

if possible.  Last contact with them was Tuesday afternoon. They were nearing St. John.   
Briseis is a 48 ft Cat. - see pics below

Please contact us with any news

Lennie Stephens-
+1 (601) 270-4965
Laura Pecot















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