Sailor Dies in Clipper Circular the World Yacht Race

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 4:59 AM

Sarah Young, a 40-year-old businesswoman from London, was knocked from the IchorCoal boat by a wave in winds of up to forty-six mph, event organizers said in a statement Friday.

Sailor Dies in Clipper Circular the World Yacht Race

A sailor participating in a long-distance race died after being swept overboard in the Pacific Ocean en route to Seattle, the Clipper Circular the World Yacht Race said Friday.

Sarah Young, a 40-year-old businesswoman from London, was knocked from the IchorCoal boat by a wave in winds of up to forty-six mph, event organizers said in a statement Friday.

Youthful was recovered from the ocean about an hr after she was swept overboard and crews tried to resuscitate her, organizers said in a statement.

A cause of death hasn't been determined but drowning or exposure is suspected, race executive said. She wasn't tethered to the yacht.

"On behalf of everyone at Clipper Ventures, I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Sarah. She was a very favorite and integral member of the Clipper Race family and knew our boats well, having sailed with us since London latest summer," race founder Robin Knox-Johnston said in a statement.

"The safety of our crew has always been and continues to be our main priority and we shall inquire into the incident immediately in full cooperation with the authorities," Knox-Johnston said.

The 46.000-mile race is in its tenth edition. Youthful was on day twelve of the ninth race from Qingdao, China, to Seattle, the race said in a statement.

In September, a British crew member of a yacht taking portion in Clipper Circular the World race died in an accident off the coast of Portugal.

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