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On-Water 'Serious Injury' Before Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 Departure

16th June 2015
On-Water 'Serious Injury' Before Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 Departure

#vorinjury – A woman has been seriously injured close to the starting area for Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier today in Lorient, France The woman is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Lorient following an incident on the water involving a trimaran (not related to the Volvo Ocean Race) and a Volvo Ocean Race marshal rib.

The crash happened at 1615 local time (0015 AEST), marring the start of the 960-nautical mile race to Gothenburg in Sweden, via a 24-hour stopover in The Hague.

A trimaran crashed with an organiser's inflatable boat with four people aboard.

A woman suffered a serious leg injury, according to the maritime police in Brest, and was evacuated by helicopter.

A statement issued by Volvo Ocean Race organisers tonight said: 'We are concerned about her wellbeing and remain in close contact with the Lorient stopover organisation and local authorities'. 

It is understood the collision was between the multihull "Spindrift" (non-competitor) and a race organiser's rib with four people onboard.

A passenger on the rib received leg injuries in the collision and was supported onsite by SNSM** semi-rigid boats SNS 704 and SNS 722 based in St Nazaire. After a conference call between the SAMU*** Medical Coordination Centre (SCMM 64) in Bayonne and CROSS Etel, it was decided to evacuate the injured person to the nearest hospital.

The civil security medical helicopter "Dragon 56" was immediately dispatched. The injured woman was airlifted at approximately 5:11 pm and transported to Scorff Hospital in Lorient were she was treated by medical staff at 5:16 pm.

Published in Volvo Ocean Race Team

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