The Volvo Ocean Race is deeply saddened to inform that the collision between Vestas 11th Hour Racing, a team competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, and a fishing vessel has resulted in a fatality of a crew member of the fishing vessel.
Approximately 30 miles from the end of Leg 4 outside of Hong Kong Waters, on Friday January 19th the Vestas 11th Hour Racing team struck a fishing vessel. Moments after the collision, Race Control was notified by the team, none of whom were injured. Shortly thereafter, a Mayday call was issued and the Hong Kong Rescue Coordination Centre was alerted, beginning a search and rescue mission.
On behalf of the Volvo Ocean Race and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, we offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.
HKRCC informed Race Control that a local vessel rescued 9 out of 10 on board with one airlifted to a nearby hospital. Saturday morning, the death of the tenth crew member was confirmed. Volvo Ocean Race and Vestas 11th Hour Racing are focusing on providing immediate support to those affected by the incident and will continue to work and cooperate with authorities as the investigation continues.
Original story taken from Volvo Ocean Race.