Image: Susie Goodall's website

A dramatic rescue is underway to save a sailor who worked as an instructor on the Isle of Wight and whose boat has been destroyed in the Pacific Ocean.

Susie Goodall has been competing in the Golden Globe Race, sailing solo 30,000 miles around the world.

This afternoon (Thursday) her team said:

“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.

“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! 🤞

The 29-year-old was in fourth place and about 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn, in the southern Pacific Ocean, when her yacht was dis-masted in a huge storm.

In a series of tweets she described her experiences:
Aged 17, Susie worked on the Island. She set off on the Golden Globe in July and earlier this week Falmouth Coastguard picked up her distress signal.
A cargo ship has been diverted hundreds of miles off course to pluck her to safety.