Fisherman Dies After Collision With Volvo Ocean Race Yacht Off Hong Kong

'Deeply saddened' Volvo Ocean Race organisers supporting investigation into fatal Hong Kong crash as fisherman dies

'Deeply saddened' Volvo Ocean Race organisers supporting investigation into fatal Hong Kong crash as fisherman dies

Vestas 11th Hour Racing withdrew from the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday after a fatal collision with a fishing boat on the approach to Hong Kong.

"On behalf of the Volvo Ocean Race and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, we offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased".

"The incident occurred approximately 30 miles from the finish of Leg 4, outside Hong Kong waters", continued the statement. None of the racing team were injured.

"Race Control at Volvo Ocean Race headquarters was informed of the collision by the team moments after it happened at approximately 17:23 UTC on Friday January 19, 2018 (01:23 local time on Saturday morning)".

One of 10 crew members on the fishing vessel was seriously injured in the collision and airlifted to hospital in Hong Kong.

Volvo Ocean Race and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, which retired from the leg after the incident and proceeded to Hong Kong under its own power, are now focused on providing immediate support to those affected by this incident.

'Deeply saddened' Volvo Ocean Race organisers supporting investigation into fatal Hong Kong crash as fisherman dies

According to a statement from race organizers, Vestas 11th Hour Racing issued a distress call on behalf of the fishing vessel, alerting the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, and began a search and rescue mission.

The fourth leg was won by Hong Kong's Scallywag, with China's Dongfeng Racing finishing second after the seven boats departed Melbourne earlier this month.

'As a result the vessel sunk and one of the fishermen sadly didn't make it.

'Our first thought is that this is bad news, ' Caudrelier said shortly after his crew arrived in Hong Kong.

"It is always very risky when sailing in these fishing areas when there are so many boats and some have no lights". The team is skippered by Charlie Enright, who co-founded the team with Mark Towill, who is Team Director.

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