The British yachtswoman who spent two days stranded in the Southern Ocean after her boat was smashed up by a monster storm has been rescued.
Susie Goodall, 29, from Falmouth in Cornwall, ended up stuck 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn, deep in the Southern Ocean, after horrendous weather upended her yacht during the solo Golden Globe Race around the world.
She was finally rescued on Friday by a 38,000 tonne Hong Kong-registered cargo ship, happily tweeting ‘ON THE SHIP!!!’ some two hours after it arrived at her position.
Susie Goodall is seen being rescued after she spent two days stranded in the Southern Ocean after her boat was smashed up by a monster storm
Rescued: Miss Goodall tweeted that she had finally been rescued on Friday afternoon GMT
The ‘Golden Globe Race’ is an ocean race in which sailors compete without high technology aides such as GPS or computers. Pictured, Susie Goodall leaves Les Sables d’Olonne Harbour on July 1
She was rescued after some initial engine trouble hampered efforts, forcing the huge cargo ship to navigate to meet her, a Golden Globe Race spokesperson said this afternoon.
In a series of tweets of her own posted earlier, Miss Goodall conveyed an upbeat message: ‘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.
A person tweeting on her behalf added: ‘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!’
Tweeting to her followers on Thursday Miss Goodall said: ‘This motion is just horrible! Clinging on in my bunk.’
In another, she wrote that she was ‘In need of a good cuppa tea! But sadly no cooker’ and this morning she added: ‘That was a looong night’.
Susie Goodall, 29, was rescued by a 38,000 tonne cargo ship some two hours after it arrived at her position 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn, in the Southern Ocean
Susie Goodall, 29, (pictured) was caught in a massive storm off Cape Horn and had been battling with the elements for 24 hours
Miss Goodall, from Falmouth in Cornwall has posted a series of tweets describing her situation as she awaits rescue
A weather map has shown the storm that lashed the area four hours before Miss Goodhall lost her rig
Susie was said to have been launched across the vessel while below deck and ‘knocked out for a while’
Susie is currently sailing a Rustler 36 class yacht (pictured) in the DHL Golden Globe round the world race
Miss Goodall is the youngest competitor and only woman to enter the event, which started in July. It has taken place only once before – in 1968 when Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the sole finisher.
She was in 4th place in the non-stop, 30,000-mile race. Falmouth Coastguard picked up a distress signal from her yacht, DHL Starlight, yesterday morning after she was hit by a ferocious storm with 60 knot winds and massive waves.
In her last message to race control before her mast was broken, she said: ‘Taking a hammering. Wondering what on earth I’m doing out here.’
Susie Goodall waves from the helm of her boat ‘DHL Starlight’ as she leaves Les Sables d’Olonne Harbour on July 1, at the start of the solo around-the-world ‘Golden Globe Race’
She later told officials: ‘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.’
A spokesperson for the race said yesterday they had been in contact with Miss Goo who said she received a concussion, cuts on her hands, and bruises in the incident – but is otherwise okay.
An update 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.’
The rescue was confirmed by Golden Globe Race HQ and MRCC Chile, and Goodall was reported to be in good spirits and uninjured.
Susie waving goodbye to her supporters at the beginning of the race. She had been lying in fourth place when her boat overturned
Ian Guy, duty controller for HM Coastguard said: ‘This was a very demanding long range rescue which was made even more complex because it was taking place 2,000 nautical miles off Cape Horn.
‘Susie was at the mercy of 7-metre seas and severe weather and it’s a credit to her she remained in good spirits during this tense wait.
‘Whilst this was happening, HM Coastguard remained in continuous contact with MRCC Chile and Golden Globe Race HQ.
‘In this weather and at this range, it was vital we provided as much assistance as possible to the lead agency MRCC Chile, and we maintained a watchful eye over the situation for updates via satellite phone.
‘Our priority is to protect life at sea and we will always do everything possible to provide assistance for a mariner in need. In the event we can’t get there ourselves, we do our best to identify someone who can, which is exactly what we did in this case.
‘Only two vessels responded to the Mayday Relay broadcast that was issued – largely as a result of the remote area the incident was in – and in the end Susie was rescued by the MV Tian Fu who had diverted its course to provide assistance.’
Miss Goodall and another competitor were said to have been at the centre of a ‘large low pressure storm’
Another post on the website at 10.48am yesterday read: ‘Susie is taking the worst of it being close to the center with wind direction and strength going all over the place, causing real challenges for her.’
After activating her emergency signal yesterday morning, Miss Goodall got back in contact with the Chilean coastguard saying she was ‘totally and utterly gutted’.
‘Interior total wreck, liferaft ok, nasty head bang as boat pitchpoled. Unbelievably roly now. Totally and utterly gutted.’
Race Chairman Don McIntyre, said after the rescue: ‘While that first phone call from HM Coastguard is always a bit of a shock, it is great to now look back at a very professional operation by an international team.
‘It was led by MRCC Chile and the master and crew of the MV Tian Fu ending with a successful outcome, Susie Goodall safely winched aboard ship.
‘We will always be grateful for the efforts of all in this challenging situation.’
She is relying on doctors advice and is being monitored by the medical teams back in the UK
Her boat was in the middle of the Pacific ocean when the incident occurred yesterday morning
Susie becomes the fifth Golden Globe Race entrant in this years edition to have abandoned the race due to their boat being dismasted
Miss Goodall is the fifth Golden Globe Race entrant this year to have abandoned the race due to their boat being dismasted.
She is an ocean sailing instructor who took up the sport at the age of three.
In the 1968 race, Sir Robin’s rivals either retired or sank. But one, Donald Crowhurst, killed himself. The story of his troubled life was the subject of a film, The Mercy, released this year and starring Colin Firth.
The Golden Globe race encompasses the three great capes of the Southern Ocean: Chile’s Horn, South Africa’s Good Hope and Australia’s Leeuwin.