Yacht-disaster victim recovering

A TEENAGER who suffered head injuries while aboard a yacht is today recovering and is said to have suffered only minor injuries.Coastguards and a helicopter crew made a dramatic sea rescue off the coast of Sizewell after the youngster hit his head on the boom of the 37-foot yacht Skipjack.

A TEENAGER who suffered head injuries while aboard a yacht is today recovering and is said to have suffered only minor injuries.

Coastguards and a helicopter crew made a dramatic sea rescue off the coast of Sizewell after the youngster hit his head on the boom of the 37-foot yacht Skipjack.

The 16-year-old boy was among the crew of the yacht which was participating in the Royal Ocean Racing Club Offshore Race and

Thames Coastguard received an emergency call at 4.40pm from the mobile phone of a crew member requesting medical help.


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Today, Janet Grovenor, of the club, said: “When anyone gets a knock to the head it is important to get it checked out.

“But the boy in question did not seriously injure himself and was conscious after the incident. He was taken to hospital but did not have to stay too long.”

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He was airlifted by a rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield and taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

Julia Marston, from Thames Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said: “The yacht is one of approximately 80 competing in the North Sea Race from Harwich to Scheveningen.

“We believe there were ten crew aboard the yacht when the young casualty was hit on the head by the boom.”

She said the weather conditions on scene were force six gusting to 30 knots.

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