Cargo ship saves sailor after storm

Her ves­sel was dam­aged amid the Golden Globe com­pe­ti­tion

The Dallas Morning News - - World - Dan­ica Kirka,

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 roundthe­world race.

British sailor Susie Goodall tweeted “ON THE SHIP!!!” soon after the Hong Kong­reg­is­tered 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 Goodall, 29, who lost her mast 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn near the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica.

Her res­cue un­folded early Fri­day, when the Tian Fu found Goodall an hour be­fore day­light. In a mes­sage to race of­fi­cials, she con­firmed that she had sighted the Tian Fu and that sea swells were up to 13 feet high.

Those con­di­tions make a res­cue more dif­fi­cult, said Paul Owen of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Ship­mas­ters’ Asso­ cia­tions.

“It’s not a very hos­pitable place,” said Owen, a for­mer cap­tain.

But that was only the be­gin­ning of her trou­bles Fri­day. Goodall’s en­gine failed and could not be restarted, lim­it­ing her abil­ity to ma­neu­ver. With­out an en­gine, her stricken yacht, the DHL Starlight, had to drift be­fore the mas­ter of the MV Tian Fu could ma­neu­ver the 40,000 ton cargo ship along­side it.

Goodall was the youngest en­trant and the only woman in the Golden Globe com­pe­ti­tion, which be­gan July 1 in Les Sables­d’olonne, France. Only five of the 18 skip­pers who be­gan the race still re­main in it. They are try­ing to sail roughly 30,000 miles alone, non­stop and with­out out­side as­sis­tance be­fore re­turn­ing to the same French port.

Mar­itime Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre

British yachtswoman Susie Goodall was res­cued by a cargo ship Fri­day in the South­ern Ocean as she com­peted in a solo round­the­world race.

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