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Royal Navy Saves 14 Sailors From Stranded Racing Yacht

Source: The Telegraph - February 13, 2017 in Adventure

Royal Navy Saves 14 Sailors From Stranded Racing Yacht
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The skipper of a racing yacht has described the moment a “rogue wave” tore off its mast and left the crew stranded in the Atlantic Ocean for nearly two days.

The 60ft Clyde Challenger yacht was battered in stormy conditions as it was returning to the UK from a four-and-a-half month trip and had to be rescued by a Royal Navy warship.

Its crew of 13 Britons and one American waited 20 hours for HMS Dragon to reach them as the Type 45 destroyer was diverted 500 miles from a routine deployment.

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