Yachtswoman res­cued af­ter ac­ci­dent at sea

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY GE­ORGINA STUBBS

A BRI­TISH woman sail­ing solo in a round-the-world race has been res­cued af­ter a vi­cious storm in the South­ern Ocean de­stroyed her mast and knocked her un­con­scious.

Susie Goodall tweeted to say she was “on the ship” yesterday af­ter­noon af­ter Chilean au­thor­i­ties di­rected Hong Kong-reg­is­tered cargo ves­sel MV Tian Fu to help the stricken sailor.

The 29-year-old had been com­pet­ing in the Golden Globe Race — a 30,000-nau­ti­cal-mile solo and non-stop cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion.

On the Golden Globe Race web­site, of­fi­cials said they have been in reg­u­lar ra­dio con­tact with Goodall since she re­gained con­scious­ness.

Goodall lost her mast in the South­ern Ocean around 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn at South Amer­ica’s south­ern tip on Wed­nes­day.

She was the youngest en­trant and the sole fe­male in the de­mand­ing race, and has so far spent more than five months at sea.

The tense res­cue mis­sion be­gan at 10.30am on Wed­nes­day when HM Coast­guard in Hamp­shire picked up a dis­tress alert from Goodall’s ves­sel.

The search and res­cue op­er­a­tion was led by the Coast­guard’s equiv­a­lent in Chile, the MRCC, which im­me­di­ately asked two nearby ves­sels to di­vert their course and help her.

Susie Goodall is winched to safety

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