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Yachtswomen injured by giant wave

A yachtswoman from Kent is undergoing treatment in America after her vessel was hit by a freak wave in the Pacific.

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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.

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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.

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Kent woman injured in yacht race

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Four of the Geraldton's 18 crew members were injured after a big wave struck Credit: PA

A rescue operation to help four injured sailors who are on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been delayed because of bad weather. Three of the sailors are British including Jane Hitchens from Kent, who has four suspected broken ribs.

Their vessel the Geralton was struck by a large wave 400 miles off California on Saturday.

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