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Volvo Race - Man Overboard from Scallywag

Dramatic man overboard rescue on Volvo Leg 4 race leader Scallywag!

Scallywag rookie Alex Gough went overboard on Leg 4 – and it sparked a dramatic rescue operation onboard the Hong Kong boat which saw them get the Australian back onboard in less than 15 minutes!

Crew member Alex Gough was washed overboard by a wave during a sail change, near midday local time, in winds of 15-20 knots.

Gough wasn’t wearing a harness or a lifejacket. Witt says he should have been tethered, or at minimum have told the driver what he was doing, before he went outside the lifelines on the outrigger.

“He went out on the outrigger, I was driving, and we went off a big sea and it picked him up threw him off, like a horse,” skipper David Witt said.

“The main thing is, we got him back on board. He’s safe. But I think it’s shown everyone how hard it is to see the guy in the water. Even on a sunny day, 18 knots of wind… You wouldn’t want to be doing this in 20 knots in the dark.”

“I was pretty stupid, but luckily the guys were on to it. They turned around bloody quickly,” Gough said. “I’m good. I’m fine. It was a bit scary . . . But off we go again.”

Recent gybes by team AkzoNobel and Dongfeng Race Team (19:00 report) drop them behind Vestas 11th Hour Racing as they reposition further south and closer to Vestas.

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - Monday 15 January @ 07:00 UTC

1. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag -- distance to finish -- 1,822 nautical miles
2. Vestas 11th Hour Racing +76 nm
3. team AkzoNobel +88 nm
4. Dongfeng Race Team +96 nm
5. MAPFRE +171 nm
6. Team Brunel +218 nm
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic +219 nm

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