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GREENINGS CREW EVACUATED SAFELY AFTER RUNNING AGROUND

01 November 2017

The crew of CV24, Greenings, are being evacuated after running aground on the western side of Cape Peninsula, which sits roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point at approximately 2140 UTC (2340 local time) during Leg 3 of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, which departed earlier today from Cape Town, South Africa.

Everyone is safe and well and there are no injuries reported on board but the Skipper and all crew are in the process of being evacuated on to rescue boats provided by the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) for precaution and are returning to shore at Hout Bay. The safety of the Skipper and crew are paramount, so all measures that are currently taking place are preventative.

Clipper Race Director, Mark Light, and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, plus members of the Maintenance Team are en route to assist and remain in constant contact with the Skipper and with the rescue services. After initially being informed of the grounding, Unicef, as the closest vessel was asked to standby to assist but as the situation is now under full control, Unicef has since been instructed to stand down and continue racing.

A full investigation will take place and further updates will be provided in due course.