Video shows dramatic rescue of Gosport sailor Alex Thomson

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Video shows the dramatic moment Gosport sailor Alex Thomson was rescued from his sinking yact

Spanish coastguards filmed the operation to save Thomson and Guillermo Altadill, fellow skipper of yacht HUGO BOSS in the Transat Jacques Vabre, after they set off their emergency beacon on Saturday afternoon 82 nautical miles from the Spanish coast.

Both men were rescued by helicopter. HUGO BOSS had incurred some structural damage earlier in the week, forcing Thomson and Altadill to stop racing.

The skippers had made a repair and were on route to A Coruna where the technical team were waiting to meet them.

But after sailing for 36 hours in high seas and strong winds, the structure of the boat deteriorated further and the boat started to take on water and sink.