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Rescued yachtswoman Susie Goodall back on land after ocean ordeal

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British yachtswoman Susie Goodall is back on dry land in Chile after getting stranded in the southern Pacific Ocean.

The 29-year-old was competing in a 30,000-mile round-the-world race when she lost her mast during a “ferocious” storm 2,000 miles from Cape Horn.

Goodall, from Falmouth in Cornwall, was lying in fourth place in the Golden Globe Race when 60-knot (69mph) winds and “massive seas” damaged her Rustler 36 yacht DHL Starlight.

She said she was “thrown across the cabin and was knocked out for a while”.

A distress signal from her yacht was first picked up by the Falmouth coastguard.

They alerted race control and the Chilean maritime search and rescue authorities responsible for that part of the Pacific.

The authorities contacted a ship 480 miles (772km) southwest of Goodall’s position and asked for help.

She was subsequently picked up by a 40,000 ton container vessel.

Goodall was the youngest and only female competitor taking part in the non-stop yacht race, which sees competitors sail single-handedly without modern technology or satellite navigation equipment.

Competitors set off from France on 1 July and the race is expected to take around nine months.

The last time the race took place was in 1968. Sir Robin Knox Johnston was the only person to finish back then.

Eighteen sailors were taking part in this year’s race, but more than half have now dropped out.

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