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Liquid Vortex

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Liquid Vortex

Published 1 December 2011

Key issues:

  • The accident was caused when Liquid Vortex gybed unexpectedly.
  • The skipper went forward to assist the crew, leaving a relatively inexperienced helmswoman steering the yacht.
  • During the unexpected gybe the helmswoman was struck by the main sheet and suffered a severe spinal injury.

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