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Sarah Young was taking part in the year-long race on the IchorCoal boat Credit: ITV Meridian

A round the world sailor who was swept to her death was not tethered to her yacht, it has emerged.

Sarah Young, 40, was the second crew member to have died on the vessel in the last six months. Andrew Ashman from Kent, died while taking part in the Clipper round the world yacht race last year.

The deaths are the first in the Clipper race in 20 years.

Her death is now being investigated by race organisers.


People tweet their tributes to sailor who died in Clipper Race

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
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