Tragic global yacht race sailor to be buried at sea


An amateur sailor who died after being swept into the Pacific Ocean while competing in a global yacht race will be buried at sea, organisers said.

Sarah Young, 40, was washed into the sea by a large wave as she tended to the mainsail aboard her 70ft yacht.

The company owner from London is the second crew member to have died on the IchorCoal vessel during the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

Race organisers said they had permission from Ms Young's partner and family to bury her at sea.

In a statement, organisers said: "Following guidance from the doctor and our medical advisers and consultation with the Maritime Coastguard Agency, plus Sarah's partner, friends, family and the crew, we have decided to proceed with a burial at sea as soon as weather conditions permit, because of the long time it will take to reach closest landfall."