Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Newmarket/San Francisco: Andrew Taylor goes to hospital following his rescue from the Pacific

12:03 12 April 2014

Andrew Taylor was battered by the Pacific Ocean for more than 90 minutes

Andrew Taylor was battered by the Pacific Ocean for more than 90 minutes

Sailor Andrew Taylor who survived after falling into the ocean during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been to hospital for an examination of his leg.

shares
Andrew Taylor in San Francisco after completing race across the Pacific Ocean.Andrew Taylor in San Francisco after completing race across the Pacific Ocean.

The 46-year-old, who grew up in Newmarket, was thrown from his boat - the Derry-Londonderry-Doire - into the Pacific Ocean while racing on March 31. He had spent more than 90 minutes in the extremely cold water before he was rescued.

After arriving in San Francisco, following 5,600 miles of racing, he went to the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital for an examination of his leg, which he injured when he hit the starboard rudder shortly after going over the side.

The doctors have confirmed it is not broken, but he is suffering with bruising. He will see an orthopaedic surgeon on Monday for further assessment on the leg to see whether he can continue with the race.

Mr Taylor said: “I’m under no illusion that I am a very lucky man. I’m very happy to be here in San Francisco - I need to say thank you to a lot of these guys behind me for the work that they put in for the search and rescue operation.

“I also need to thank Olly Cotterell, the skipper of OneDLL, and the crew of OneDLL who suspended racing to come and assist in the search operation immediately.

“I need to say a massive thank to the Clipper Race team and the work that they did - in particular liaising with my family which is not an easy thing to do. They did an amazing job - my family speak very highly of them.

“It was horrific, the storm in particular; it was hard for these guys on the boat, it made the search harder but the storm treated me very badly. It beat me up badly.

“I kept myself really busy whilst I was in the water. There was a lot for me to do, a lot for me to concentrate on and what I needed to do to survive.

“The guys on the boat were doing everything they needed to do so it was important I did the same. There were a few times I did wonder if I was going to get back on the boat or not but I’m here and on the boat, many thanks to the crew. It was an epic piece of work to find me.”

shares
Thousands do not use the internet

As more and more vital services move online, figures have revealed more than 15% of Suffolk residents have either never used the internet, or not logged on in the past three months.

Speed restrictions on the A12 for resurfacing

Officials at the government’s new Highways England agency are hopeful that the speed limit on the A12 between Ipswich and the Essex border will be lifted by the end of the month.

Shelley Singh

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 30-year-old woman from Sudbury.

Paul Flatman has been sentenced after more than 6,000 chickens died at Hawksmill Farm

A farmer has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 and has been given a suspended prison sentence for failing to follow animal welfare advice.

Gerald West leaves Ipswich Crown Court

Oakwood School’s former deputy head teacher and one of its care workers have been given 12-month conditional discharges for assaulting pupils.

The old Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

The former headteacher of a Suffolk school has been jailed for seven years for sexual offences against children.

Abby Curtis who is opening Pump and Grind coffee shop in Great Colman Street with Tom Kerridge

The business team behind a new cafe have said they are disappointed they will not able to serve alcohol when opening for the first time on Saturday.

The company of Slice of Saturday Night

There was an Emile Zola quote on the front of the programme for West Suffolk College’s production of 60s musical, A Slice of Saturday Night: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

An aerial picture of Blythburgh

Police are attempting to trace the driver of a sandy-coloured large saloon-style car following a criminal damage incident on the A12.

Colchester High Street

Two sisters have been charged in connection with the theft of an 89-year-old woman’s purse in Colchester.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages