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British sailor airlifted from race following heart scare

By Henry Vaughan

Published 25/06/2016

The racing yacht was around 220 miles from the Nova Scotian coast when Chris Drummond was airlifted and transferred to Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax, Canada. File photo
The racing yacht was around 220 miles from the Nova Scotian coast when Chris Drummond was airlifted and transferred to Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax, Canada. File photo

An amateur sailor has been airlifted from a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean while competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Chris Drummond (62) was evacuated from the 70ft yacht after complaining of severe chest pains on Thursday while en route to Canada.

In April, 40-year-old Sarah Young, a crew member of the same IchorCoal vessel, died after being swept into the Pacific Ocean by a large wave.

Organisers said the decision to airlift Mr Drummond, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was taken as a precaution on doctors' advice.

The racing yacht was around 220 miles from the Nova Scotian coast when he was airlifted and transferred to Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax, Canada.

The yacht's skipper, Rich Gould, praised his crew after the delicate rescue operation in bad weather.

He said: "Myself and the crew would like to wish Chris a swift recovery."

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