Res­cued, Bri­ton lost at sea for 2 days

Daily Mail - - Countdown To Brexit D-day - By Oliver Barnes

A BRI­TISH yachtswoman left adrift when her boat cap­sized dur­ing a solo round-the-world race was fi­nally res­cued yes­ter­day.

Susie Goodall, pic­tured, was picked up by a 38,000-tonne Chi­nese cargo ship that had been di­verted to help.

The 29-year-old was stranded more than 2,000 miles away from Cape Horn in the no­to­ri­ously dan­ger­ous South­ern Ocean when her boat was hit by a storm.

The ves­sel flipped over and its mast snapped when it was bat­tered by 60 knot winds and waves of up to 4m.

At one point the boat rolled so vi­o­lently she was knocked out. When she came to, she raised a dis­tress sig­nal, which was first picked up by coast­guards tens of thou­sands of miles away in Fal­mouth, Corn­wall.

As race or­gan­is­ers and Chilean mar­itime search and res­cue teams worked to­gether to save her, a cargo ship 480 miles south-west of Miss Goodall’s lo­ca­tion was asked to help her.

The ship, named Tian-Fu, di­verted its jour­ney from China to Ar­gentina.

As the yachtswoman’s boat en­gine was bro­ken, the 119-me­tre cargo ship was forced into a tricky ma­noeu­vre to get close enough for a res­cue.

Miss Goodall then had to use a har­ness to at­tach her­self to a swing­ing hook be­fore be­ing lifted to safety.

Once aboard, she cel­e­brated her res­cue with a post on Twit­ter that read: ‘ON THE SHIP!!!’

Miss Goodall was the only fe­male com­peti­tor – and the youngest – in the Golden Globe Race, a 30,000-mile solo non- stop sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The event is be­ing held to com­mem­o­rate the 1968 race of the same name, also known as the ‘Voy­age for Mad­men’.

Miss Goodall was in fourth place be­fore she crashed out of the race and spent more than two days adrift be­fore be­ing res­cued.

De­spite the tough con­di­tions, she showed a gritty sense of hu­mour in a se­ries of tweets, once say­ing how she longed for a cup of tea when the yacht’s cooker broke down. In her last message to race co­or­di­na­tors be­fore her boat was dam­aged, Miss Goodall re­ported: ‘Tak­ing a ham­mer­ing! Won­der­ing what on Earth I’m do­ing out here.’

Saved: Miss Goodall is lifted on to the ship

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