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Yachtswoman rescued after accident at sea

By Georgina Stubbs

A British woman sailing solo in a round-the-world race has been rescued after a vicious storm in the Southern Ocean destroyed her mast and knocked her unconscious.

Susie Goodall tweeted to say she was "on the ship" yesterday afternoon after Chilean authorities directed Hong Kong-registered cargo vessel MV Tian Fu to help the stricken sailor.

The 29-year-old had been competing in the Golden Globe Race - a 30,000-nautical-mile solo and non-stop circumnavigation.

On the Golden Globe Race website, officials said they have been in regular radio contact with Goodall since she regained consciousness.

Goodall lost her mast in the Southern Ocean around 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn at South America's southern tip on Wednesday.

She was the youngest entrant and the sole female in the demanding race, and has so far spent more than five months at sea.

The tense rescue mission began at 10.30am on Wednesday when HM Coastguard in Hampshire picked up a distress alert from Goodall's vessel.

The search and rescue operation was led by the Coastguard's equivalent in Chile, the MRCC, which immediately asked two nearby vessels to divert their course and help her.

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