Susie Goodall: Round-the-world sailor rescued after storm destroys mast and leaves 29-year-old unconscious in Southern Ocean


A British girl crusing alone in an around-the-world race has been rescued after a storm within the Southern Ocean spun her boat, destroyed her mast and left her unconscious. 

Susie Goodall tweeted to say she was “on the ship” on Friday afternoon after a service provider vessel from Hong Kong was directed by Chilean authorities to assist the sailor. 

The 29-year-old, who was collaborating within the solo Golden Globe Yacht Race, was stranded at sea for greater than 50 hours following the storm 2,200 nautical miles off the Chile coast.

The rescue mission started at 10.30am on Wednesday when HM Coastguard in Fareham, Hampshire, picked up an EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radiobeacon station) misery alert from Ms Goodall’s vessel DHL Starlight.

Ms Goodall, the youngest entrant within the 30,000-nautical-mile race, was capable of maintain in fixed contact by way of satellite tv for pc cellphone communications.

She informed the race HQ the vessel had “pitch polled” – that means it rolled finish over finish – and dismasted amid 7m seas and excessive winds.

The search and rescue operation was led by the coastguard’s equal in Chile, the MRCC, which instantly requested two close by vessels to divert their course and assist Ms Goodall.

Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre and the Nationwide Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham additionally stored vigil and had been in common contact with Chilean authorities and the race operators.

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Tian Fu – a Hong Kong service provider vessel (MV) – reached Ms Goodall at about 1.15pm on Friday. MsGoodall tweeted, by way of Satphone textual content, “ON THE SHIP!!!” at about 3.30pm.

The rescue was confirmed by Golden Globe Race HQ and MRCC Chile minutes later, and Ms Goodall was reported to be in good spirits and unhurt.

Tian Fu is constant its journey to Punta Arenas in southern Chile the place Goodall will disembark.

Ian Man, responsibility controller for HM Coastguard mentioned: “This was a really demanding lengthy vary rescue which was made much more advanced as a result of it was happening 2,000 nautical miles off Cape Horn.

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“Susie was on the mercy of 7m seas and extreme climate and it’s a credit score to her she remained in good spirits throughout this tense wait.

“While this was taking place, HM Coastguard remained in steady contact with MRCC Chile and Golden Globe Race HQ.

“On this climate and at this vary, it was very important we supplied as a lot help as potential to the lead company MRCC Chile, and we maintained a watchful eye over the scenario for updates by way of satellite tv for pc cellphone.

“Our precedence is to guard life at sea and we are going to at all times do every part potential to supply help for a mariner in want. Within the occasion we will’t get there ourselves, we do our greatest to determine somebody who can, which is strictly what we did on this case.

“Solely two vessels responded to the Mayday Relay broadcast that was issued – largely on account of the distant space the incident was in – and in the long run Susie was rescued by the MV Tian Fu who had diverted its course to supply help.

“Though this should have been harrowing for Susie, it is a excellent instance of worldwide co-operation and we wish to thank Golden Globe Race HQ, MRCC Chile, MV Tian Fu, MV Talimen, and all those that have performed their half in bringing this rescue to a textbook and protected conclusion.”

Don McIntyre, race chairman and founder, mentioned: “Whereas that first cellphone name from HM Coastguard is at all times a little bit of a shock, it’s nice to now look again at a really skilled operation by a global crew led by MRCC Chile and the grasp and crew of the MV Tian Fu ending with a profitable final result, Susie Goodall safely winched aboard ship.

“We are going to at all times be glad about the efforts of all on this difficult scenario.”

Extra reporting by PA


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