In­jured round-the-world sailor res­cued

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

A Bri­tish sailor left in­jured and adrift in the Pa­cific Ocean after her boat was dam­aged in a storm was en­joy­ing a ‘‘very good hot drink’’ yes­ter­day after she was res­cued by a cargo ship.

Susie Goodall was winched to safety by the crew of the 38,000-tonne MV Tian Fu after two days of her crip­pled boat be­ing tossed on the vi­o­lent sea.

Goodall, 29, was knocked un­con­scious and lost the mast and rig­ging on the 11m DHL Starlight on Thurs­day when it was flipped end over end by 120kmh winds and 9m waves.

Goodall, a sail­ing in­struc­tor from Fal­mouth, Corn­wall, was the youngest com­peti­tor and only woman in the non-stop, roundthe-world Golden Globe Race. She was in fourth place when dis­as­ter struck 3200km west of Cape Horn.

She ac­ti­vated her dis­tress bea­con, and Chilean res­cue au­thor­i­ties con­tacted the Tian Fu, which was 770km south­west of her, bound for Ar­gentina.

In the 12 hours be­fore her res­cue, Goodall had been cling­ing to her bunk and try­ing to keep water down as she suf­fered from se­vere sea­sick­ness.

The Tian Fu is head­ing for Punta Are­nas in south­ern Chile, from where Goodall will make her way home for Christmas.

Susie Goodall

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