Coast­guard in Corn­wall guided res­cue of sailor off Cape Horn

Susie Goodall was tak­ing part in a round-the-world race when her boat was dis­masted in heavy seas

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By He­lena Hor­ton

A BRI­TISH woman who was knocked un­con­scious dur­ing a violent storm in the South­ern Ocean has been res­cued, thanks to a UK coast­guard.

Susie Goodall, 29, was sail­ing solo in a round-the-world race when her yacht flipped over and had its mast de­stroyed two days ago and 2,000 miles from Cape Horn, the south­ern­most point of South Amer­ica.

Fal­mouth Coast­guard re­ceived a long-dis­tance dis­tress sig­nal from her and raised the alarm with their Chilean coun­ter­parts.

A cargo ship that was sail­ing from China to Ar­gentina di­verted to reach her, and was with her by yesterday. Ms Goodall re­ported that it was dark when the cargo ship, the Hong Kong-reg­is­tered MV Tian Fu, ar­rived at her lo­ca­tion but that she could see its lights.

The sailor, who is the only fe­male and the youngest per­son in the Golden Globe Race – which bans the use of satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion – was last night said to be “safe and se­cure”.

She said her boat had been “to­tally and ut­terly gut­ted” and said she had longed for a cup of tea, but her cooker was bro­ken so she could not make one.

A spokesman from the Fal­mouth Coast­guard said: “We have what you call a long-range search and res­cue, so when the alert goes off we get the alert with the in­for­ma­tion and find out who and where it be­longs to, find their po­si­tion and then alert the rel­e­vant coast­guard. We then li­aise with them to give them in­for­ma­tion.

“It went to us be­cause it was reg­is­tered to us – she’s from Corn­wall so we are look­ing af­ter the long-range sig­nal from her boat.”

When she came to af­ter be­ing knocked out, Ms Goodall sent a se­ries of text mes­sages on Wed­nes­day de­scrib­ing her plight.

At 8.29am Bri­tish time she texted: “Tak­ing a ham­mer­ing! Won­der­ing what on earth I’m do­ing out here.” She then sent her po­si­tion. Four hours later she added: “Dis­masted. Hull OK. No form of jury rig. To­tal loss.”

She later up­dated her po­si­tion and then wrote: “In­te­rior to­tal wreck. Life raft OK.” She also alerted of­fi­cials to her in­jury, writ­ing: “Nasty head bang as boat pitch­poled.”

The race, in cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th an­niver­sary of Sir Robin Knox-john­ston’s his­toric first solo non-stop cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion, be­gan on July 1 in Les Sables-d’olonne, France, with 18 sailors each plan­ning to sail about 30,000 miles alone and non-stop.

Susie Goodall is winched aboard the cargo ship MV Tian Fu off Cape Horn in the South­ern Ocean af­ter her boat, left, cap­sized

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