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Old 28th September 2014, 00:43
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The Esso Avon 1987

Hello everybody

I'm researching a book on the life and death of French F1 driver Didier Pironi.

He was killed in a poweroating accident near the Isle of Wight on Sunday 23rd August 1987.

I'm trying to trace any crew members of the Esso Avon tanker upon whose wake Pironi's boat Colibri flipped over killing the three man crew.

ANy help or pointers owuld be much appreciated.

Thank-you

David Sedgwick
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Old 28th September 2014, 08:42
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On behalf of the 'SN Moderating Team', welcome aboard David.

Hopefully, someone will be able to help with the information you are seeking. In the meantime, I will send you a PM because I was involved with the acccident.
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Old 28th September 2014, 10:55
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Old 29th September 2014, 11:25
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Greetings David and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.
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Old 29th September 2014, 13:52
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There are quite a few ex ESSO seafarers members of this site, am sure some of them will respond to your request. Not sure if any of them were on the Esso Avon at the time but may be able to put you in contact with someone who was on her when the accident occurred.
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Old 29th September 2014, 16:01
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Hello David
Re-your post and private enquiry, I was on the "Esso Avon" but left in January to join another vessel. I returned to the "Avon" later the following year but do not recall anybody mentioning the speedboat race incident. I remember being anchored off Cowes awaiting a berth in Fawley one time and there was some sort of speedboat race going on practically around the vessel. Perhaps it was some sort of trials situation. I will try and find out who may have been on the vessel at the time of the incident.
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Old 5th October 2014, 02:12
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Hi Tony

Thanks for your reply and kind offer of assistance. Just thinking about what you said, I have always assumed that the crew would have been informed at some point about the accident, but maybe not. Having said that, the Avon would have been mentioned in official reports - it's role is certainly mentioned in all the media reports of the time.

Anyway, thanks for any help. It would certainly be interesting to hear from anyone involved.

David
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