Derry~Londonderry~Doire, one of the 12 boats in the 2013-14 Clipper Race, has been forced to divert to Port Elizabeth for crewmember Michelle Porter to receive emergency hospital treatment after the boat was knocked down in a violent storm in the Indian Ocean.
Porter, from London, sustained a broken arm when the boat was struck by a large rogue wave in conditions described by crew as "wild" and "epic". She was one of two crew working on deck who were injured when they were flattened by the force of the wave.
Skipper Sean McCarter reported: "I got on deck to see two crew obviously in pain. Unfortunately one was our medic, round the world crew member Susie Redhouse, thus making me the new medic.
"We quickly got Susie down below with what we feared may be a broken arm. Next was our chief of staff, another round the world crew, Michelle Porter, who swore she was OK but couldn't move her arm.
"We eventually got them both down below and out of their lifejackets and dry suits to begin the examination. Susie's arm turned out to be a bad bang but Michelle is still in her bunk and we suspect it could be broken.”
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