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British yachtsman rescued by navy

A British yachtsman who was trying to sail by himself non-stop around the world has been rescued by Chile's navy.

Andrew Halcrow, 54, was forced to give up his second attempt to circumnavigate the globe after the mast on his yacht broke in a storm west of Cape Horn.

A Chilean naval helicopter flew him to the city of Punta Arenas yesterday.

Mr Halcrow made an emergency call on Saturday when the propulsion system on his yacht the "Elsi Arrub" failed, leaving him stranded in the Cabo Pilar area about 240 miles west of Punta Arenas.

He thanked the Chilean navy yesterday and said he is in good health.

In 2006, Mr Halcrow had to quit his first solo round-the-world voyage when he began feeling sharp stomach pains.

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