ON THE SHIP!!!— SusieGoodallRacing (@susieBgoodall) December 7, 2018
Sailing through 60-knot winds and high seas, Goodall’s 35-foot yacht flipped end-over-end Wednesday — the 157th day of her journey — while she was below deck, breaking its mast but leaving the hull intact. The 29-year-old native of Falmouth, England, suffered cuts and bruises and said she was “knocked out for a while” but came to and made contact with race organizers on her emergency satellite phone. By Friday, a 190-meter, Hong Kong-registered cargo ship called the Tian Fu, which was traveling to Argentina from China, was able to home in on her location via her search and rescue transponder.
But the rescue was not without its perils, as seen in this Instagram post:
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It’s going quicker than planned — the cargo ship has arrived! The waves are still 3-4 metres and there’s a glimmer of light on the horizon. . Susie has activated her SART (Search And Rescue Transponder) so they can locate her via radio (not so easy from a 190m-long ship!), dropped her sea anchor and is testing the engine. . The plan, if approved by the master of the ship, is to use one of its 4 cranes and hoist her onboard. The sea is too rough to deploy their woman-overboard rescue boat. The ship will keep moving at a couple of knots so it can steer and then lower its crane. . If her engine is working (it was briefly), Susie will motor alongside, put on her lifejacket and climbing harness, and get ready to clip in. There’ll also be a bag or 2 she can tie on. Now comes the tricky part… . Because both Susie’s boat and the ship are swaying, the crane will be far from steady. She’ll have to time it right and prepare to be yanked off the boat. . Fingers crossed! 🤞
According to the Golden Globe Twitter feed, Goodall’s engine stalled after about 20 minutes, so the cargo ship master had to maneuver the 40,000-ton vessel to meet her. With the seas calming a bit, it was able to lift her out of her yacht via crane, which was captured in a photograph by Chile’s national search and rescue service.
Goodall’s Twitter feed provided an update on one of her first orders of business upon her rescue:
VERY GOOD HOT DRINK!!!:)— SusieGoodallRacing (@susieBgoodall) December 7, 2018
The Golden Globe race began in July in France, and its now-17 contestants are sailing 30,000 miles around the globe using only the 1960s-era equipment that was available to Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the only sailor to finish the previous Golden Globe around-the-world solo race in 1968. That means the contestants in this year’s race had to make their way around the globe without satellite navigation aids, and the design of their yachts had to be from before 1988.