California crew safely medevaced – 23 March 2010
Following the incident which took place on Sunday afternoon GMT in which the California entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race was rolled in a fierce Pacific storm, the Danish registered tanker, Nord Nightingale, is now at the scene.
The 180-metre tanker was on passage from Yokohama to Los Angeles and diverted by US Coastguard last night. It’s a standard rule of the sea that vessels divert when another is in distress and the intention was to transfer injured crew member Clive Cockram on board.
Clive was sitting in the saloon when the boat rolled and was thrown across the cabin, ending up with cuts to his head. He responded well to treatment but it is prudent to ensure that he swiftly gets the best medical care.
After several attempts, Clive was safely transferred and the launch was recovered to the merchant vessel.