Gough’s man overboard moment

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Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 14 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Alex Gough on the wheel surfing the waves on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag on January 15, 2018. –
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Konrad Frost / Red Bull Content Pool

Volvo Ocean Race crew rescues sailor who fell overboard in Pacific Ocean.

The crew of Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag made a textbook recovery during a man overboard situation on Sunday, January 14 during Leg 4 of the round the world sailing race.

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

The team swung into recovery mode, and Gough was back on board within seven minutes, unharmed. Scallywag resumed racing immediately.

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 14 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Alex Gough on the wheel, Ben Piggott and Annemieke Bes on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag on January 15, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Konrad Frost / Red Bull Content Pool

“He went out on the outrigger, I was driving, and we went off a big sea and it picked him up and 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.”

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.

“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.”

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Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Luke Parkinson and Alex Gough checking the trim from the hatch on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag on January 11, 2018. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race.

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