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British sailor Sarah Young dies after being swept away by sea during Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

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British sailor Sarah Young dies after being swept away by sea during Clipper Round The World Yacht Race
Sarah Young lost her life during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race
London-born sailor was swept away by wave from onboard IchorCoal boat
Her body was recovered but crew were unable to resuscitate her

A sailor has died after being swept overboard while competing in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

Sarah Young a company owner from London, was washed into the sea by a wave as she tended to the mainsail aboard the IchorCoal boat and was swept away in strong winds.

The incident took place in the mid-north Pacific at around 1.44pm UK time. Miss Young's body was recovered by her crew who tried to resuscitate her, but she never regained consciousness, a race spokeswoman said. 


British sailor Sarah Young dies after being swept away by sea during Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

'Next of kin have been informed and all our thoughts are now with Sarah's family, teammates, and loved ones on and off the race,' organisers said in a statement published on the official race website.

'Skipper Darren Ladd reports that Sarah was tidying the cockpit after reefing the mainsail in 35-40 knots of wind, when she was knocked from her position by a wave.

'She fell back toward the guard wire and was swept under it by another wave.'

The incident took place during the ninth race of the 14-stage race - with the latest stage travels from Qingdao in China to Seattle in the United States and still has over 3,242 miles until its conclusion.

The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race has been Young's ambition for some years and the businesswoman celebrated her 40th birthday just before setting sail from London. She leaves behind her partner, according to race organisers. 

British sailor Sarah Young dies after being swept away by sea during Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

British sailor Sarah Young dies after being swept away by sea during Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

British sailor Sarah Young dies after being swept away by sea during Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

Clipper Race Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston stated: ‘On behalf of everyone at Clipper Ventures, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sarah. She was a very popular and integral member of the Clipper Race family and knew our boats well, having sailed with us since London last summer.

‘The safety of our crew has always been and continues to be our main priority and we shall investigate the incident immediately in full cooperation with the authorities.’

The Clipper Race was established almost 20 years ago and this is its tenth edition. Miss Young’s death is the second fatality in the history of the race - more than 4,000 amateur crew have been trained and participated in previous races.

 

 

 

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02 April 2016, 0:23