British yachtsman rescued by Chile's navy

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Associated Press

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 9 at 9:03 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A British yachtsman who was trying to sail by himself non-stop around the world has been rescued by Chile's navy.

The 54-year-old Andrew Halcrow was forced to give up his second attempt to circumnavigate the globe after the mast on his yacht broke in a storm west of Cape Horn. A Chilean naval helicopter flew him to the city of Punta Arenas on Sunday.

Halcrow made an emergency call Saturday 8 when the propulsion system on his yacht the "Elsi Arrub" failed, leaving him stranded in the Cabo Pilar area about 240 miles west of Punta Arenas.

He thanked the Chilean navy on Sunday and said he's in good health. In 2006, Halcrow had to quit his first solo round-the-world voyage when he began feeling sharp stomach pains.

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