Clipper sailor comes to the rescue in freak wave drama

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A SAILOR who is part of Edinburgh’s Clipper round the world yacht race has told how he helped save lives after another vessel was hit by freak waves.

Callum Watt splits his time between the Capital’s entry and other boats and was on the Geraldton Western Australia when it was hit by a 120ft-high surge last week.

Four crew members were badly injured and the yacht was damaged when the wave hit, 400 miles from San Francisco.

The 24-year-old, from Falkirk, had to tend to the injured and liaise with the US coastguard to get help.

He said: “The wave which rolled the boat must have been over 120ft high, taller than the mast. The force of the water was incredible and the boat was thrown around. It ripped off the satellite communication dome and steering post and below deck was awash.

“Two were in a bad way and examining and monitoring their vital signs on a boat that’s pitching and rolling was a challenge.”