Published: Tuesday, 01 April 2014

A British man was rescued from the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of Sunday morning after falling overboard during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew member, Andrew Taylor (46) from London went over the side during a foredeck manoeuvre, and was recovered approximately 90 minutes later. The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear visibility, during a sail change in daylight.

Brit Rescued After Fall From Clipper Boat

“In these conditions a man overboard is swept away from the boat very quickly and visual contact can be lost in the swell. We have a well-rehearsed procedure to mark the position, stop racing and engaged the engine to search for and recover the crewmember as quickly as possible.” race director Justin Taylor explained, “An hour and a half is a very long time to be in the water in these conditions but a combination of his sea survival training and seven months at sea, as well as wearing a life jacket and dry suit, will have contributed enormously to his survival.”

Nearly 4,000 people have taken part in the event, which includes an extensive pre-race training programme, and the organisers are fully committed to safety and maintaining their excellent record. This is only the fourth ever incident in the Clipper Race’s eighteen year history that someone has had to be recovered from the water. In previous incidents, the crewmembers were recovered within minutes.

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OneDLL, a competing team in the Clipper fleet, responded to the mayday call and diverted course to render assistance. Both boats have now resumed racing.