Cargo ship rescues sailor in contest
LONDON — A cargo ship on Friday rescued a British sailor after a violent storm ripped off her mast and flung her yacht end over end in the Southern Ocean as she competed in a solo round-theworld race.
British sailor Susie Goodall tweeted “ON THE SHIP!!!” soon after the Hong Kong-registered MV Tian Fu arrived at her location. The cargo vessel had been traveling from China to Argentina when it diverted to reach her.
Race officials have been in regular radio contact with the 29-year-old Goodall, who lost her mast 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn near the southern tip of South America.
The Tian Fu found Goodall an hour before daylight. In a message to race officials at 4:15 a.m., she confirmed that she had sighted the Tian Fu and that sea swells were up to 13 feet high.
That was only the beginning of Goodall’s troubles Friday. Her engine failed and could not be restarted, limiting her ability to maneuver. Without an engine, her stricken yacht, the DHL Starlight, had to drift with its sea anchor before the master of the MV Tian Fu could maneuver the 40,000 ton cargo ship alongside it.