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Crew rescued after Fastnet race yacht capsizes off Irish coast

08-16-2011 10:26 BJT

DUBLIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- All 21 crew members onboard a yacht which capsized Monday evening off the Irish coast have been rescued, Irish media reported.

One crew member was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and the remaining 20 were taken back to Baltimore harbor, County Cork in southern Ireland, the country's public broadcaster RTE said.

The U.S. registered yacht, Rambler 100, was participating in the Fastnet Race when it capsized at about 5:30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT) nearly 20 km off the coast of County Cork, RTE said.

The Irish Coast Guard, upon receiving a satellite message about the accident an hour later, sent two helicopters from Shannon and Waterford. The naval vessel LE Ciara and a lifeboat were also deployed.

The search operation was hampered by mist and rain, while winds were gusting to Force 6 and there was a five-meter swell.

The Fastnet Race, first held in 1925, is one of the world's oldest offshore yacht races. The biennial race starts off Cowes on the Isle of Wight in England, rounds the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and then finishes at Plymouth in the South of England.

A total of 314 boats joined this year's event on Sunday. Participants are mostly amateur and club racers.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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