Golden Globe Race Sailor Rescued by 40,000-tonne Cargo Ship

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After suffering a harrowing three-day ordeal, English yachtswoman Susie Goodall was rescued by a cargo ship in stormy conditions.

What happened?

The 29-year-old yachtswoman was rescued two days after her boat violently capsized 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn during the Golden Globe Race. She lost her mast after her boat pitchpoled during the non-stop solo round-the-world race.

Ms.Goodall was in the fourth position when her boat capsized in 30-35 knot winds, following a failure in the automatic steering system. The pitchpole started rolling end over end violently and she was knocked out of it due to the impact.

She raised a distress call which was picked up by Falmouth Coastguards who coordinated with the Chilean Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

Rescued after an extensive search

The Falmouth Coastguards coordinated with the Chilean Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. She was rescued by the motor vessel ‘Tian Fu’ after a three-day intensive search under stormy weather conditions with waves reaching 4 meters high.

The motor vessel was diverted to rescue her during its voyage from China to Argentina. Ms.Goodall was rescued from alongside the moving vessel with the help of a harness attached to a swinging hook.

Shaken up

Though Ms.Goodall was found to be unhurt, she was shocked and suffering from seasickness as her boat was tossed around in the waves. Her boat had to be abandoned at sea as the conditions were not feasible for recovery.

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Source: BBC

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