Team Vestas Wind Crash and Recovery Video

The nine-member crew of Team Vestas Wind was holed up, incommunicado, on the island of Ile du Sud for three days before releasing video footage of the collision between their Volvo ocean racer and a remote reef in the Indian Ocean.

Chris Nicholson (Nico) is the 45-year old skipper who was participating in his fourth VOR when the accident happened on Saturday. "It's clear that human error is responsible for the shipwreck, there's no avoiding that. And as skipper, I take full responsibility."

The footage shows the crash as it happened from a stern camera, and then crew members shot handheld footage from the reef as they attempted to salvage the boat's gear.

 Click here for photos of the crash and recovery.