British Yachtsman ‘Lost at Sea’ After Falling Overboard During Race

A British yachtsman who fell overboard during an around-the-world race is presumed “lost at sea,” according to race organizers.

John Fisher, 47, was competing in the Volvo Ocean Race with the team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag when he fell overboard 1,400 miles west of Cape Horn, Chile, on Monday, according to a statement from Volvo Ocean Race president Richard Brisius.

“This morning I am extremely sad to inform you that one of our sailors, John Fisher, from Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, is now presumed to have been lost at sea,” Brisius said in the statement.

The team aboard the 65-foot yacht conducted an “exhaustive” search for several hours, but were unable to find Fisher, according to the statement.

Fisher was competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, a 45,000-nautical-mile race around the world, for the first time. The race started in Alicante, Spain, on Oct. 22, and was set to end in Hague, Netherlands, in June.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mary Bowerman