Dramatic footage has been released showing the moment a group of novice sailors were hit by a tornado.
The sailors were part of the Great Britain taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The team was hit by a tornado as they competed in the world’s longest and toughest ocean race, which returns to London this Saturday after covering more than 40,000 miles between six continents over eleven months.
Six hundred and seventy sailors from all walks of life, aged 18-74, were trained to take on the biennial race regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges.
Crew member Paul Hardy, 43, is an IT consultant from Brighton; he is seen desperately trying to grab onto the mast after he is submerged into the sea as the yacht is hit by the tornado.
He said: “All of a sudden the wind picked up and the noise picked up…water started to rise and I knew there was something wrong … I tried to get out of the water and climb up onto the mast and then saw the water spout.”
A 'mini tornado' has been filmed by Dan Hampton in Hedge End, Southampton. He filmed it on his 'phone yesterday, Tuesday. Of course, we may think of it as a little twister - or mini-tornado but it's really a funnel cloud - formed during a thunderstorm or heavy shower.
If a funnel cloud touches the ground, it is generally regarded as a tornado and could cause damage. Still - it looks good!
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