A rescue operation to help four injured sailors who are on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been delayed because of bad weather. Their yacht the 'Geraldton Western Australian' was struck by a wave during a storm on Saturday off the coast of California, and the tricky weather conditions continue. Three of the four injured sailors are British including Jane Hitchens, a 50-year-old doctor from Kent, who has four suspected broken ribs. Clipper Ventures, the race organisers say those of the other fourteen crew members with medical training have been have been assisting their injured crew mates as much as possible.
Clipper Ventures, based at Gosport in Hampshire said they were monitoring the situation.
The yacht is about 400 miles from the coast of California. A rescue attempt was made at around 2am this morning but bad weather conditions meant a change of plan. Levi Read - a US coastguard, explained their new plan of action.
The wave swept away the yacht's steering wheel and mount and some of its communications equipment. The yacht is now heading towards Oakland, San Francisco Bay, under secondary steering and is expected to reach land within two or three days.