New video of rescued sailor

Two sailors injured onboard their yacht in the Pacific during a round-the-world race have been rescued from their boat by the US Coastguard. Jane Hutchens, 50, from Kent, is be said to have fractured ribs. They have been taken to San Francisco.

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Dr Jane Hitchens Credit: PA

The crew of a Round The World yacht injured when their boat was hit by a massive wave have been transferred onto a US Coastguard cutter.

They are now being treated by medical specialists aboard the vessel which is due to arrive in San Francisco Bay later today.

Coastguard say Dr Jane Hitchens, from Kent, has suspected broken ribs and is being treated with oxygen.

Yacht rescue footage

Footage from the US Coast Guard shows an air drop of medical supplies for a stricken yacht in the Round the World Yacht Race. Dr Jane Hitchens from Kent has since been airlifted to safety. She was one of 18 crew who left Southampton last July.


Sailor rescued

Dr Jane Hitchens Credit: PA

A Kent doctor has been airlifted to safety after being injured during the Round the World Yacht Race.

Dr Jane Hitchens was one of 18 crew members on the Geraldton Western Australia - one of ten boats that left Southampton last July. A large wave struck the vessel in the Pacific on Saturday.

Yacht rescue hampered by bad weather

Now 350 miles off the Californian coast, the yacht is beyond the range of a shore-based helicopter so a US Coastguard cutter with a helipad has been dispatched to rendezvous to carry out a two-part airlift if necessary. They are expected to reach the yacht at 1530 GMT (0830 local time).

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