Clipper Race member to be evacuated after violent storm

Michelle Porter
Image caption Michelle Porter was on the yacht Derry-Londonderry-Doire

A woman from London is to be evacuated from an ocean race after she was injured in a violent storm.

Michelle Porter was one of two crew members hurt in hurricane-force winds on the Indian Ocean.

She suffered a suspected broken arm as her yacht, Derry-Londonderry-Doire, was hit by a wave which knocked it sideways.

Ms Porter will be taken to a hospital in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for treatment.

The boat's medic, Susie Redhouse, was also injured in the storm.

Skipper Sean McCarter said: "We eventually got them both down below and out of their life jackets and dry suits to begin the examination.

"Susie's arm turned out to be a bad bang but Michelle is still in her bunk and we suspect it could be broken."

The 11-month Clipper Round the World Yacht Race began in London in September and the fleet has completed about a quarter of the 40,000-mile course.

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