Capsized French sailor makes remarkable recovery

Friday 05 July 2013 22.49
Jacques Guichard shattered his pelvis in last month's capsize
Jacques Guichard shattered his pelvis in last month's capsize

A French sailor who suffered massive injuries to his pelvis after his 70ft trimaran overturned in Dún Laoghaire harbour has made a remarkable recovery.

Jacques Guichard underwent major surgery at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

The sailor shattered his pelvis and underwent two operations at the hospital to reconstruct it using plates and screws in procedures led by consultant orthopaedic surgeon John McElwaine.

Mr Guichard told RTÉ News that he will be going home tomorrow and hopes to be sailing again, within around six months.

Mr McElwaine said the repair of his pelvis required major, high-risk surgery not performed routinely outside of Tallaght Hospital, which is a national centre for this type of work.

The 'Spindrift' vessell capsized on 22 June while it was taking part in an international round-Europe race.

His rescue was assisted by the Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI and emergency services.

Mr Guichard works as a sail design and production manager.