A British yachtswoman is stranded 2,000 miles off the coast of Cape Horn after her boat "took a hammering" during a storm.
Susie Goodall has been competing in the DHL Golden Globe round the world race but her yacht "was completely destroyed" earlier today.
The 29-year-old was knocked out when her yacht "rolled over" during a storm but it will take rescuers two days tor each her.
Event organisers said Goodall, who was competing on her own, sent a message saying: "Taking a hammering! Wondering what on Earth I’m doing out here!"
A distress signal was picked up by Falmouth Coastguard at around 11am UTC who alerted Race Control and the Chilean Maritime Search and Rescue authorities.
Susie, who is the youngest competitor and the only Brit in the race, is currently stranded 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn in Southern Chile and a rescue group have been sent to help her.
However, the nearest ship is 480 miles away and it will take them about two days to reach her.
Goodall set sail from Falmouth in June and was expecting to spend 300 days at sea if she finished the race.
The event doesn’t allow the use of modern technology or satellite navigation and she had to use her emergency phone to contact race organisers.
She was placed fourth in the competition before being forced to send a distress signal after her yacht was pitchpoled during a storm.
A spokesperson for the race said they had spoken to Susie who told them she had suffered a concussion after getting knocked out, as well as cuts and bruises but was fine otherwise.
Susie had been "knocked out for a while’ when she was thrown around below deck when the yacht rolled over.
During the call on her emergency satellite phone, Susie said: "I have been dismasted. Thought I had holed the hull because the boat filled with water, but the hull is NOT holed. The hull is OK.
"The boat is destroyed. I can’t make up a jury rig. The only thing left is the hull and deck which remain intact.
"We were pitchpoled [rolled end over end] and I was thrown across the cabin and knocked out for a while."
Despite the boat being destroyed, Susie said she had secured all hatches, portholes and safety equipment.
A statement on the DHL Golden Globe website said: "[She is] now talking to MSOS UK the GGR 24hr telemedicine doctor for advice and check up.
"Weather is moderating a little. Boat huge mess down below. Not in danger for now."
She later tweeted to say she was "totally and utterly gutted" to have been knocked out of the race.
Race Chairman Don McIntyre said: "We are monitoring the situation carefully, speaking to Susie every hour and working with the Chilean Search and rescue authorities on the best course of action to take. We have also informed her family and are keeping them informed".
The nearest competitor is Uku Randmaa, from Estonia, but he is 400 miles ahead of Susie and about to face into the same storm so it is impractical for him to turn around.
It is far safer for American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar, 780 miles to the west to continue his downwind course and intercept her boat, DHL Starlight.
Kopar hopes to reach her position in six days time but a ship contacted by the Chilean authorities is hoping to reach her in the next two days.
Just five of the 16 skippers who started the race in France on July 1, 2018 are still in the race.
Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was also pitchpoled in a storm but repaired his boat at sea and is now expected to win the race, crossing the finish line by January 23, 2019.
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