An injured crew member taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been rescued off Cornwall.
The 40-year-old from British-registered yacht Jamaica suffered back and head injuries when he was hit by a mainsheet 40 miles from Lands End.
He was taken to safety by the Penlee Lifeboat. A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was called but was unable to help the man due to bad weather.
The boat later continued in the race toward La Rochelle.
No-one else was injured in the incident. The injured man's next-of-kin have been informed.
A race spokesman said: "We cover such scenarios in the comprehensive training that we provide for all our crews."
The accident happened on day two of the first leg of the race from Liverpool to La Rochelle. Each of the 10 yachts taking part is crewed by non-professional sailors and led by a professional skipper.