Fri. May 24th, 2019

‘On the ship!’ Stranded British sailor rescued

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The first picture of British round-the-world yachtswoman Susie Goodall being rescued has been released.

She confirmed she had been rescued with a tweet saying she is “on the ship” after being stranded in the southern Pacific Ocean.

It comes after rescuers reached the sailor, who was stranded 2,000 miles from Cape Horn after her boat was “destroyed”.

The image released by Chile’s maritime centre showed her being winched aboard a nearby vessel.

The 29-year-old was competing in a 30,000-mile round-the-world race when she lost her mast during a “ferocious” storm in the southern Pacific Ocean.

Goodall, from Falmouth in Cornwall, was lying in fourth place in the Golden Globe Race when 60-knot (69mph) winds and “massive seas” damaged her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight on Wednesday.

Susie Goodall
Image: The 29-year-old was the youngest and only female competitor

She said she was “thrown across the cabin and was knocked out for a while”.

A distress signal from her yacht was first picked up by the Falmouth coastguard.

They alerted race control and the Chilean maritime search and rescue authorities responsible for that sector of the Pacific.

The authorities contacted a ship 480 miles (772km) southwest of Goodall’s position and asked for help.

However, the operation was made more tricky because her vessel’s engine is not working, which would have allowed her to pull alongside the cargo ship.

As a result, the captain of the 40,000 ton container ship had to manoeuvre alongside her, before she could be lifted off.

Goodall is the youngest and only female competitor taking part in the non-stop yacht race, which sees competitors sail single-handedly without modern technology or satellite navigation equipment.

Competitors set off from France on 1 July and the race is expected to take around nine months.

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The last time the race took place was in 1968. Sir Robin Knox Johnston was the only person to finish back then.

Eighteen sailors were taking part in this year’s race, but more than half have now dropped out.

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