Sailor up for award after spotting crewman clinging to mast

Cambridgeshire sailor saves crewman clinging to mast. Credit: Gavin Reid

A sailor from Cambridgeshire, who heroically rescued one of his colleagues while on a round the world race, is in line for a top award for his bravery.

Gavin Reid from Cambridge, who is also profoundly deaf, was sailing off the coast of Australia when he spotted a crewman stuck at the top of the mast.

Gavin swam between the two yachts and found four other crew entangled and unable to help their colleague.

He is up for Yachtsman of the year.