Video: Rescued sailor did not want to die on mum’s birthday

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A Clipper race crew member who fell overboard and spent 90 minutes being thrashed around in the Pacific ocean has recalled the moment he realised it was his mother’s birthday and thought he could not die at that point.

Londoner Andrew Taylor, 46, is a member of the crew on the Derry-Londonderry-Doire boat in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,

Amateur sailor Andrew Taylor (left), aged 46, a crew member on board the Derry-Londonderry-Doire boat, being rescued by Jason Middleton (right) from the Pacific Ocean an hour and half after falling overboard during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Amateur sailor Andrew Taylor (left), aged 46, a crew member on board the Derry-Londonderry-Doire boat, being rescued by Jason Middleton (right) from the Pacific Ocean an hour and half after falling overboard during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

He recalled how he kept himself busy in the water by thinking about family and friends, and said he was determined to make it through.

 

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