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Sailor dies after being swept overboard in yacht race

A British woman died taking part in the Clipper Round the World yacht race after being swept overboard, the event’s organizers have said.

Sarah Young, who was 40 and from London, is the second person to die aboard the same vessel in recent months.

She was pulled unconscious from the Pacific Ocean near the international date line by her crewmates on the IchorCoal on Friday. They tried to resuscitate her but she did not regain consciousness, Clipper said in a statement.

“Next of kin have been informed and all our thoughts are now with Sarah’s family, teammates, and loved ones on and off the race,” organizers said, adding that they were “deeply saddened” by Young’s death.

Click here for the full report by The Guardian newspaper.

“Today has been one of the hardest days of my life. Never under-estimate the value of friendship and of team spirit,” wrote Young’s skipper in a dispatch posted April 3 on the race website. “The support via email has been over-whelming and absolutely invaluable. Life is finite and often far too short.”