Yann Eliès suffered a severe fracture of the femur while changing sails on his Open 60 "Generali" and is awaiting rescue by the Australian Navy. Fellow competitor, Marc Guillemot, has rendezvoused with Generali and is keeping station until the Aussies show up on Saturday
No one knows more intimately the extreme risks that are inherent in this race than the 30 competitors who started the Vendee Globe. These sailors are made of very stern stuff.
That said, my thoughts go out to Yann and his family.