A rescue operation started Thursday for a British girl who was crusing solo in an around-the-world race and was stranded within the Southern Ocean after a storm battered her boat.

Susie Goodall texted that she was “protected and safe” after being briefly knocked unconscious when the storm flipped her boat finish over finish and destroyed its mast.

On the race web site, Golden Globe Race officers stated that they had been in common radio contact with Goodall since she regained consciousness.

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Goodall, 29, was the youngest skipper and the one girl taking part within the 48,280-kilometer (30,000-mile) race.

On Wednesday, Goodall texted race officers, “Taking a hammering! Questioning what on earth I am doing out right here,” and despatched her place.

Hours later, she tweeted, “Nasty head bang as boat pitchpoled [somersaulted].” She then tweeted that her rig had been “completely & completely gutted!”

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She additionally reported that she’d misplaced most of her gear and was unable to make any makeshift repairs.

Goodall was about 3,200 kilometers (1,990 miles) west of Cape Horn, close to the southern tip of South America. Chile diverted a ship to her location to rescue her, and it was anticipated to achieve her Friday.

The race started on July 1 in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, with 18 skippers from world wide. After Goodall’s exit, simply seven remained within the hunt. The race will finish on the similar port.

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The sailors are anticipated to sail alone, nonstop and with out outdoors help. They’re additionally not allowed to make use of most fashionable expertise, together with satellite tv for pc navigation, and the yachts will need to have been designed earlier than 1988.


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