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Sailor dies after yacht accident

A sailor died when he fell into the Bristol Channel after being knocked unconscious by a yacht boom.

He was aboard the sloop Gun Smoke when the accident happened about five miles south of Rhoose Point, South Wales, on Sunday afternoon.

His sailing partner raised the alarm and a rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor was called to the scene.

The injured man was winched out of the water and flown to University Hospital, Cardiff, where he was pronounced dead.

'Tragic incident'

Lifeboats from Barry in South Wales and Minehead in Somerset went to the man's aid along with six other vessels in the area at the time.

Arwyn Williams, from Swansea Coastguard, said: "The sailor remaining on the yacht did the right thing in calling for help straight away, so we could get assistance to him fast so as to help his colleague.

"Sadly, in this incident, the injured sailor was declared dead at the hospital.

"This has been a tragic incident, which should have been a pleasurable day's sailing.

"Our thoughts are extended to the family of this man at this time."

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