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British sailor climbs mast of 60-foot yacht

A British yachtsman has climbed to the top of his 60-foot boat, which is the height of a 10-storey building, while it sails through the waves.

Alex Thomson, from Titchfield in Hampshire has established himself as a daredevil in the sport of sailing.

After safely returning to dry land, Thomson said: "We have been planning this trick for a very long time. There were lots of things that could have gone terribly wrong:

The wind could have pulled me off the mast and catapulted me onto the deck; I could have hit the water at the wrong angle or surfaced too quickly.

Luckily (and despite my fear of heights), we succeeded in pulling it off. And as things turned out, the stunt was far more dangerous than I would ever have imagined. All in all, I can honestly say that it was the most stupid thing I’ve ever done in my whole life!”

Daredevil sailor climbs 30m mast of moving yacht

Sailor Alex climbs the 30ft mast of his moving yacht Credit: Mark Lloyd

Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson has performed a daring feat by climbing the top of this high-speed yacht and diving into the ocean - all whilst the yacht was sailing at a 60 degree angle.

The 39-year-old is keen to find new ways to use his yacht and has been planning this trick for months beforehand.

Alex Thomson attempts the dangerous stunt of the 60-foot boat Credit: Mark Lloyd

The stunt was performed on the Spanish coast near Cadiz and in case of emergency a medical team remained near by and driver sailed alongside the yacht.