One dead after Volvo Ocean Race team collide with fishing vessel near Hong Kong

Vestas 11th Hour Racing collided with a fishing boat.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing collided with a fishing boat. Photo credit: Photosport

A person is dead after a Volvo Ocean Race yacht collided with a fishing vessel near Hong Kong on Saturday (NZT).

A vessel of American-Danish team Vestas 11th Hour Racing made contact with the Chinese boat, killing one on board.

No member of the racing team was injured in the collision, and they immediately made the mayday distress call on behalf of the other vessel.

The Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre was alerted and undertook the search mission, rescuing nine crew members from the water, while the 10th was airlifted to hospital, where they died shortly after.

The Volvo Ocean Race features several Kiwi sailors. This is the first year the race has stopped in Hong Kong.

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