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Chilean Navy Rushes To Rescue British Sailor
A Scottish yachtsman who was attempting to sail solo around the world has been rescued by the Chilean navy after he was caught in a storm.
Andrew Halcrow was west of Cape Horn when the mast on his yacht, the Elsi Arrub, snapped and the propulsion system failed, leaving him stranded about 240 miles (386km) west of Punta Arenas.
After the 54-year-old made an emergency call on Sunday, a Chilean naval helicopter flew to his aid and winched him to safety.
A statement posted on his website read: "Andrew just phoned from Punta Arenas.
"He arrived after the re-fuelling stop in Felix to a media circus, TV cameras and journalists which he definitely was not expecting.
"He has hit 'the wall' now and needs to shower, eat and sleep. He will meet with a local admiral tomorrow who will talk about how it might be possible to find Elsi.
"He is sounding fine."
Mr Halcrow set off in his 32ft boat in November from Falmouth, Cornwall.
It is the second time he has had to abandon his mission to circumnavigate the globe on his own.
In 2006, Mr Halcrow had to quit his first solo round-the-world voyage when he began feeling sharp stomach pains and sickness while south west of Australia.
He managed to raise the alarm by contacting his girlfriend 10,000 miles away in the Shetland Islands.
She then alerted UK coastguards, who contacted their Australian counterparts. A spotter plane found him and he was later picked up by a passing tanker.
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