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Solo circumnavigator’s yacht wrecked by whale

Describing his predicament as a "shipwreck at the end of the world", Swiss round-the-world sailor Bernt Luchtenborg knows he was lucky to survive a run-in with a whale.

Luchtenborg was five months into an attempt at twice circumnavigating the globe, both solo and non-stop, when his 52-foot yacht hit "an underwater object" about 800 kilometers south of Stewart Island.

He placed an emergency call to New Zealand late Monday night. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre sent an aircraft to assess the situation, then diverted a cruise liner to the stricken vessel.

Click here for a report by The Dominion Post.