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British sailor dies on Round the World Race

2017-11-19 16:02
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London - A 60-year-old British sailor has died after falling overboard during the Clipper round-the-world yacht race, organisers said.

Simon Speirs, a retired solicitor from Bristol, south-west England, was washed over the side of his vessel, which was competing in the Clipper Round the World Race on Saturday.

High winds in the Southern Ocean separated Spiers from his yacht, and it took 36 minutes to get him back on board.

"Simon was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he was washed overboard," organisers said.

"Although he was clipped on with his safety tether, he became separated from the yacht in the Southern Ocean in a rough sea state, in 20 knots of wind, gusting 40.

"Simon was recovered back on board by the skipper and crew within 36 minutes, at which point CPR was immediately administered by three medically trained crew, which included a GP.

"However, Simon sadly never regained consciousness and was pronounced deceased."

Organisers said that Speirs was given a sea burial "following medical advice and all considerations".

The yacht is now on its way to Fremantle.

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