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Man Overboard From Volvo Ocean Race Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag

26th March 2018
British sailor John Fisher is a crew member with Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag British sailor John Fisher is a crew member with Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

#VOR - Race control for the Volvo Ocean Race has been informed by Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag of a man overboard incident this afternoon, Monday 26 March, at approximately 13:42 UTC (14:32 Irish time).

The team, along with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), has been conducting a search and rescue operation to recover the missing crew member, John Fisher, who was wearing survival equipment when he went overboard in the Southern Ocean.

The incident took place approximately 1,400 miles west of Cape Horn. The remaining crew are reported safe.

The wind in the search area is a strong 35-knot westerly, with accompanying sea state. Water temperature is 9 degrees Celsius. There is daylight, but weather conditions have been forecast to deteriorate in the coming hours.

Given the gale-force conditions, it is not an option to divert any of the other six Volvo Ocean Race competitors, who are at least 200 miles further east and downwind of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, to assist in the search operation.

The MRCC has identified a ship approximately 400 nautical miles away and it has been diverted to the scene.

“Naturally we are deeply concerned, especially given the weather conditions, and Race Control in Alicante is supporting the Scallywag team and MRCC throughout the operation,” said the race organisers.

Published in Volvo Ocean Race
MacDara Conroy

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