Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sailor Rescues Capsized Opponent in Solo Around-the-World Race

British sailor Alex Thomson was rescued from his capsized yacht on the icy Southern Ocean by another competitor in a solo around-the-world race, who turned back in heavy waves and wind. Mike Golding picked up Thomson about 1,000 miles southeast of the Cape of Good Hope.

Race organizers said it took four tries and nearly two hours for Thomson to make it to Golding's boat in a life raft because of waves and 25-mph winds.

"This has been without doubt the most terrifying and emotional experience of my life," Thomson said.

(The above image is from a similar rescue that occurred earlier in the year.)

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