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Sailracers die after vessel is swept into cliff

The skipper and navigator of a multimillion-dollar maxi yacht died and 16 crewmembers had to be rescued when the vessel ran aground off southern Australia.

The sailor died when the boom swept them from the deck into the choppy ocean after the 80-foot yacht hit rocks off Port Kembla.

The yacht began sinking quickly, taking water through its fractured hull, forcing the remaining 15 on board, including a 14-year-old boy, to abandon it. The crew scrambled onto the rocky island while one sailor remained in the 20-degree water, tossed by the large swell.

Click here for a story in the Sydney Morning Herald.