Sailor hit by huge wave in Clipper race drama

From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Crewmates feared a sailor was dead after he was hit by a huge wave in the Clipper round the world yacht race.

The Gosport-based organisers of the race have posted dramatic video footage of Jim Hendry describing his ordeal.

The moment the wave struck

The moment the wave struck

He is one of the crew of Great Britain, one of 12 identical yachts in the endurance race.

Jim was knocked out by the wave as competitors tackled the infamous Roaring Forties of the Southern Ocean.

Jim said: ‘I was sitting there, talking and singing quite happily, when all of a sudden out the blue, a big massive wave came out of nowhere and knocked me, Ben and the yacht, everything flying.’

Her fellow crew member Ben Pate said: ‘I’ve looked to my left and Jim is lying there with his head in a pretty peculiar position. It didn’t look like he was breathing. I called his name a couple of times and he didn’t respond. After a while, he gave a little cough and started breathing again.”

After coming round and being checked by on-board medical staff, Jim made a full recovery.

‘Unfortunately I got hit, but that was it. Thanks very much for the crew for helping me out and getting me back together’ he added.

For more information about the race go to www.clipperroundtheworld.com