Injured round-the-world sailor rescued
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.