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Medical Drama in the Clipper Race

This morning’s breaking news from the Clipper Round the World Race concerns the successful medevac of a crew member from IchorCoal. The Canadian Defence Department carried out a challenging helicopter rescue.

Chris Drummond, 62, from High Wycombe, UK, had complained of severe chest pains yesterday but was stabilized after receiving care from one of the team’s two onboard medics. The 12-boat fleet is currently racing from New York to Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. IchorCoal diverted toward Halifax, Nova Scotia, until they got within helicopter range.

Around 220 miles from the Nova Scotia coast of Canada, two chopper crew were lowered onto the 70-ft racing yacht to help winch Drummond off into the Rescue 913 helicopter this morning.

Chris Drummond, 62, has been safely medevaced to a hospital in Halifax. “Myself and the crew would like to wish Chris a swift recovery,” said his skipper, Rich Gould.

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Drummond was then transferred to Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax, where he is undergoing tests and receiving the care he requires. All is well aboard IchorCoal, and the boat is motoring back to the race.


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