Rescued sailor re-joins Derry clipper

Published Sunday, 20 April 2014
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A man who was dramatically rescued after falling overboard from the Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht competing in the Clipper Round the World Race has re-joined the crew.

Rescued sailor re-joins Derry clipper
The man overboard was dramatically rescued after being lost at sea. (© Clipper Ventures)

Andrew Taylor went over the side of the boat amid stormy conditions in the early hours of 31 March as the race headed from Qingdao in China to San Francisco, USA.

The 46-year-old sailor from London was in the freezing water for a life-threatening 90 minutes before being found and pulled back onto the deck in a dramatic rescue 2,500 miles from land.

Andrew was taken to hospital on arrival in California and was given treatment on shock, hypothermia and a suspected broken leg - but despite his ordeal, he was later given the all clear and was able to re-join his team on Saturday for next 5,500 mile leg of the ocean race.

He said that he was determined to put his injuries aside and continue with the challenging round the world journey aboard the Northern Irish yacht, which now heads from San Francisco to New York.

The crew have been congratulated for their part in the daring rescue and have been told they will receive a heroes' welcome when they arrive in Londonderry in June, as the Derry-Londonderry-Doire boat makes its penultimate stopover in the Clipper race.

© UTV News
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