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7 amazing rescues at sea

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amazing rescues at sea

Surviving in the freezing Pacific

There’s no denying the dangers of around-the-world yacht racing, and Andrew Taylor’s amazing rescue at sea is proof how fast things can go wrong.

Sailing in the Clipper Round the World Race in 2014, the sailor fell overboard during a standard sail change procedure. He fell into freezing cold water and battled to stay conscious until he could be rescued.

"We were trying to swap down to smaller sails, and it was something we were used to doing. We were getting bashed around but it wasn't something that was foreign to us”, Andrew Taylor says. "When I realised I was in the water I braced myself, waiting for my safety line to snag and I realised very quickly I was disconnected”.

Stranded 1,500 miles off land, it was too far for a helicopter rescue, so Andrew Taylor had to wait until his team could make their way back to rescue him – and hope they could find him like a needle in the haystack of the ocean. Luckily, the boat did return and spot him, and his crewmember, Jason Middleton, went into the water to help recover him. Taylor says this was most arduous part as the boat was crashing into them and at one point they both thought they were going to drown.

Andrew Taylor sustained hypothermia, and a year after his recovery he published a book about the ordeal called 179W, the name alluding to the coordinates of where Andrew went overboard.

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