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British sailor killed when swept overboard in round-the-world yacht race

November 19, 2017 3:10 PM
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British sailor killed when swept overboard in round-the-world yacht race

A British sailor has died after being swept overboard during a round-the-world yacht race, organisers said.

Simon Speirs, from Bristol, was taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race from South Africa to Australia.

The 60-year-old retired solicitor was sailing for Great Britain on board the CV30, which was in sixth place and had reached the Indian Ocean.

Mr Speirs, who had more than 40 years' dinghy experience, was on the foredeck of the 70ft yacht helping to change a sail when he was washed over the side of the boat during gale force winds.

He was clipped on with his safety tether at the time of the accident, but became separated from the yacht during high winds.

Mr Speirs's team mates and the medical team on board did their best to save him, getting him back on board in 36 minutes, but he never regained consciousness.

All other crew are reported safe and are being supported remotely by the Clipper Race organisers.

"Simon was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he was washed overboard," organisers said in a statement.

Source: express.co.uk

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