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Three injured sailors flown out by helicopter

Three injured sailors flown out by helicopter

Three injured sailors were airlifted by helicopter from the maxi yacht Maximus after it was dismasted in heavy seas overnight during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
A spokeswoman for the helicopter rescue service on Wednesday said the crew members had chest, pelvic and back injuries and would be flown to hospital in Canberra.
ABN Amro was also dismasted and retired from the race. Both Maximus and ABN Amro had been leading the annual bluewater classic at stages overnight.
In 1998, six sailors died and seven boats were sunk or abandoned when a terrible storm hit the race.
Organizers were not expecting severe weather this time.
Winds decreased early Wednesday, easing conditions for the 75 yachts still in the race.
Defending champion Wild Oats XI was leading by about four nautical miles from Skandia early on the second day.
ABN Amro skipper Mike Sanderson said his crew was "bitterly disappointed" to be returning to Sydney instead of racing to Hobart.
"We had a great first night on the water and we had managed to keep right up there," he said. But, "the most important thing is that all the crew are safe and we have had no injuries."
Last year, Wild Oats XI, owned by Sydney businessman Bob Oatley, became the first boat in the race's history to complete the triple of line and handicap honors and a race record.
It wiped more than an hour off the previous time to win the 628-nautical mile (723-mile; 1,163-kilometer) race last year in one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds.


Updated : 2021-06-21 03:04 GMT+08:00