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Alex Thomson HUGO BOSS rescue VELUX 5 OCEANS solo yacht race

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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2006

British solo sailors complete emergency rescue in Southern Ocean during VELUX 5 OCEANS yacht race




Between the hours of 04.45 and 06.30 GMT Friday morning (24th November 2006) a dramatic rescue operation took place in the treacherous icy waters of the Southern Ocean. Devastated British solo sailor Alex Thomson (GBR), who was competing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS yacht race abandoned his yacht HUGO BOSS, after it suffered severe structural failure to the keel, and transferred via life raft to Mike Golding's yacht ECOVER. Thomson and Golding (GBR) both highly experienced yachtsmen and fellow competitors in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race, carried out the hairy rescue operation with the utmost caution. It took four attempts to get Thomson safely onboard ECOVER and the transfer took one hour and 45 minutes.

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