Ship saves British sailor after storm in Southern Ocean

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07 Dec 2018, 22:45 IST
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LONDON (AP) — A cargo ship on Friday rescued a British sailor after a violent storm ripped off her mast and flung her yacht finish over finish within the Southern Ocean as she competed in a solo round-the-world race.

British sailor Susie Goodall tweeted “ON THE SHIP!!!” quickly after the Hong Kong-registered MV Tian Fu arrived at her location. The cargo vessel had been touring from China to Argentina when it diverted to succeed in her.

Race officers have been in common radio contact with the 29-year-old Goodall, who misplaced her mast 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) west of Cape Horn close to the southern tip of South America.

Her rescue unfolded early Friday, when the Tian Fu discovered Goodall an hour earlier than daylight. In a message to race officers at 1115 GMT (5:15 a.m. EST), she confirmed that she had sighted the Tian Fu and that sea swells have been as much as four meters (13 toes) excessive.

These circumstances make a rescue harder, stated Paul Owen of the Worldwide Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations.

“It isn’t a really hospitable place,” stated Owen, a former captain.

However that was solely the start of her troubles Friday. Goodall’s engine failed and couldn’t be restarted, limiting her skill to maneuver. With out an engine, her stricken yacht, the DHL Starlight, needed to drift with its sea anchor earlier than the grasp of the MV Tian Fu may maneuver the 40,000 ton cargo ship alongside it.

Goodall was the youngest entrant and the one girl within the Golden Globe competitors that started July 1 in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. Solely 5 of the 18 skippers who started the race nonetheless stay. They’re attempting to sail roughly 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) alone, nonstop and with out exterior help earlier than returning to the identical French port.

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