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Teenage GB sailor found dead in woods

A young sailor who recently represented Great Britain in a youth world championships has been found dead in a Hampshire woodland.

Undated British Sailing Team handout photo of Jessica Eales. Credit: Paul Wyeth/British Sailing Team/PA Wire

The body of Jessica Eales, 17, was discovered in Sway in the New Forest, Hampshire, last Thursday.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner, a Hampshire Police spokeswoman said.

Jessica, from Lymington, recently represented Great Britain at the Isaf Youth Sailing World Championships in Tavira, Portugal, where she finished 11th.

Royal Yachting Association racing manager Mark Nicholls said: "She was a young sailor who showed promising talent which can now unfortunately never be fulfilled. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad and difficult time."


UK woman evacuated from Clipper race on birthday

A British woman competing in a round-the-world ocean race is "devastated" after spending her birthday being evacuated to hospital, following an injury sustained when a "monumental" wave struck her yacht off the coast of South Africa.

Michelle Porter, from London, was evacuated on her 37th birthday from one of 12 yachts taking part in the 11-month Clipper race.

Michelle Porter (left) "recovering well" in hospital after being evacuated to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Credit: Twitter/ClipperRace

"It's certainly a birthday I won't be forgetting any time soon and for the wrong reasons," Ms Porter said in a statement.

Ms Porter said she "just didn't see the wave coming" and was saved by her safety line.

"The next thing I knew I was clinging onto the rails on the low side. Had it not been for my safety line I would have been straight overboard."

Injured UK woman evacuated from ocean race

A British woman is to be evacuated from an ocean race after being injured during a violent storm.

She was one of two crew members hurt as hurricane-force winds caused havoc in the Indian Ocean.

Michelle Porter, 36, from London, suffered a suspected broken arm as the fleet struggled to cope with the conditions. She will be taken to a hospital in South Africa for treatment.

The injured British woman's boat was diverted to Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Credit: Clipper Round the

Her yacht, Derry-Londonderry-Doire, was hit by a wave which knocked it sideways. The boat's medic, Susie Redhouse, was also injured as the storm hit.

The 11-month Clipper Round the World Yacht Race began in London in September and the fleet have completed around a quarter of the 40,000-mile course.

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