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RYA pays tribute to British sailor

The RYA has paid tribute to Sarah Young Credit: RYA

"The RYA is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of crew member Sarah Young (40) whilst competing on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

"Sarah was one of the crew aboard the IchorCoal boat (CV21) and her next of kin have been informed.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Sarah’s family, friends, her fellow crew members and the wider Clipper family.

"A full investigation will be carried out, as is standard practice, into the incident in cooperation with the appropriate authorities.

"Race Officials are supporting the Skipper and crew through this tragic ordeal."

Sailor dies in Clipper Round the World race

Credit: Clipper Race

A sailor has died taking part in the Clipper round the world race - which started in Gosport.

Sarah Young, 40, a company owner from London was knocked from her position by a wave.

She was not tethered onto the yacht at this time and was swept away in strong winds.

The Clipper Race had been on her bucket list for some years, and she said celebrating her 40th birthday just before setting sail was the perfect way to start the adventure.



Thieves steal vital life-saving equipment from emergency medical team

The theft was from a car like this one used by the Community First Responders Credit: South Central Ambulance Service

Thieves have stolen vital life-saving equipment from a Community First Responder's vehicle in Gosport.

The theft happened on Monday night sometime between 6.45pm and 8.15pm while the car was parked outside a house in Sydney Road as a volunteer was responding to a medical emergency.

Over a thousand pounds worth of equipment was stolen including a life-saving defibrillator, which was paid for by vital charitable donations from the local community.

It is unacceptable that this life saving equipment has been stolen, but for it to have been stolen from a volunteer’s vehicle who responds to serious and life threatening emergencies is even worse. We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the theft to contact the police as soon as possible.

– Nic Morecroft, Lead Community Responder Manager

Road partially re-open following gas leak

SGN engineers have been working to make the area safe and have completed a temporary repair to the gas main. The company says work to make a permanent repair to the pipe will take place this morning.

Rowner Road has reopened to northbound traffic. The southbound side of the road remains closed while we complete our work. A signed diversion route is in place.

Repairs are expected to take a couple of days.

Homes evacuated after gas leak

Credit: ITV Meridian

Two houses in Gosport have been evacuated following a gas leak.

The problem was detected at around 4am this morning and has led to the closure of Rowner Road between Grange Road and the A32.

Long delays were reported northbound on Wych Lane.

Hampshire Police said they were assisting with road diversions but there was no large-scale evacuation of homes.

A spokeswoman from Southern Gas Networks said specialist engineers are reducing the gas pressure in the pipe to allow repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

They are aiming to start repair to the pipe in the next hour.

We do appreciate there is a considerable smell of gas as it vents into the air. We’d like to assure residents we are monitoring this closely to ensure their continued safety.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank road users for their patience while we carry out our work.

– Hannah Adam, SGN
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