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British sailor dies during yacht race

A sailor has died after being swept into the ocean while competing in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - the second Briton to die aboard the same boat during this edition of the race.

Sarah Young, 40, a company owner from London, was washed into the sea by a wave as she tended to the mainsail aboard the IchorCoal yacht and was swept away in strong winds. Her death comes six months after that of Andrew Ashman, 49, who was killed on the same vessel after being knocked unconscious while sailing off the Portuguese coast.

Young, who was not tethered to the yacht, died in the mid-north Pacific at around 1.44pm (UK time) on Friday, as the boat sailed from China to Seattle, in America. She was recovered from the sea, after being washed overboard, by crewmates who tried to resuscitate her but she never regained consciousness, a race spokesman said.

The cause of death is yet to be confirmed, but is thought to be drowning or exposure. All other crew members are safe and well. - PA Sport.

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