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Video of the emotional rescued sailor recalling his ordeal

During the 30 minutes Andrew was in the water, from this emotional testimony recorded shortly after he was taken out of the water, there were clearly moments where he thought he would die.

“I didn’t know if you were looking for me or not, I didn’t know if you’d seen me.." he told his team mate who was holding his head in her hands.

"I tried to stay so I could see the boat, I kept moving round, swimming round so I could see the boat thinking you’d be back really quickly but you just got further and further away."

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The boat just got further and further away

Andrew with his team mates the day before the accident Credit: Clipper Ventures

Speaking to his team mates after the rescue, former Park Lane hotel chef and Olympic Park Food manager Andrew said while he was waiting in the ocean he didn't even know if they were looking for him.

“It all happened so quickly, I was literally gone, like that, like nothing, nothing at all. I came up and braced myself waiting for the safety line, next thing I knew I hit the rudder – a flash of purple smack on the rudder. It hurt.

“I didn’t know if you were looking for me or not, I didn’t know if you’d seen me, I couldn’t hear anything.

"Then I saw someone up the mast and initially I thought it was a good thing because you were looking for me and then I realised it might be a bad thing because it meant you didn’t know where I was.

“I tried to stay so I could see the boat, I kept moving round, swimming round so I could see the boat thinking you’d be back really quickly but you just got further and further away.

I was holding the spray vest up trying to make myself a bit bigger after a while I thought the wind might be pushing it and pushing me further away so I put it back down again.

“I kept watching the boat and then I saw the side of the boat and thought that was a good thing I thought you were turning round. Then I saw the back of the boat again and that’s not a good thing.

Then I just heard a noise and got wiped out by a really big wave that’s when the storm started, the storm was bad, that was horrible – hailstones, my hands were so cold.”

Clipper sailor spent 30 minutes in ocean before rescue

Londoner Andrew Taylor was rescued 30 minutes after falling overboard into the Pacific Ocean Credit: Clipper Ventures

Andrew Taylor, a Derry Londonderry Doire crew member, went over the side at 00.43 BST last night in rough weather and was sighted again at 01.55 BST before being rescued at 02.13 this morning.

The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear visibility, during a sail change in daylight on day 14 of Race 10 in the 16 stage Clipper Race which is currently heading for San Francisco, USA - from Qingdao, China.

The yacht’s professional Skipper Sean McCarter reported that he was working with Andrew on a sail change near the bow when he went over the side. Sean immediately went back to the helm, stopped the yacht and initiated the MOB (man overboard) procedure.

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