At sea. Clipper Round the World Race: Falmouth Coastguard advices on Qingdao medical evacuation Print E-mail
Monday, 17 April 2006
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Although conditions are now easing, things have been pretty bumpy over the last few days and this has led to a number of bumps and bruises. Some however have been worse than others, Singapore skipper Richard Falk took a nasty fall and severely bruised his ribs and arm, and one of his watchleaders was also out of action for a while but both are now almost fully recovered. New York Skipper Joff Bailey reported that several of his crew had taken minor knocks, but it was Qingdao crew member Merrick Dawes who came off worst.

After a particularly bad fall across the cockpit on Friday he was diagnosed as having a suspected dislocated shoulder. He was given pain killers and advice was sought from Doctors both within the fleet and on shore. After treatment and manipulation it was hoped that he would begin to recover, however after 24 hours of observation it became apparent that the shoulder had not fully relocated and after advice from Falmouth coastguard Skipper Danny Watson took the decision to evacuate Merrick to shore as a precautionary measure. In contact with both Falmouth coastguard and their Japanese counterpart it was agreed that Qingdao, at the time over 200 nautical miles from shore, should stop racing and head back to rendezvous with a Japanese patrol boat. Just after 1600 GMT yesterday they turned to sail the 100 or so miles needed to get into range for the transfer.

This was successfully completed at around 0330GMT this morning. The Patrol boat is currently on route to its base in Yokahama where Merrick will be transferred to hospital, and Danny and the team on Qingdao are motoring back to the spot where they turned round to resume their race to Qingdao.

Originally planned as a stop on the 05-06 race route, Yokohama will be getting a Clipper presence after all.
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 April 2006 )
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