Injured crewman airlifted to hospital

Team Save the Children has successfully evacuated an injured Crew Volunteer, who sustained a hip injury following the yacht freefalling off a freak wave, on Leg 4 of the Global Challenge.

Adrian Albrighton, a 31-year-old Field Technician from West Bromwich, was in his bunk in one of the mid-cabins when the yacht was hit by a wave and became airborne. Current reports indicate that Adrian – a legger – was injured when the subsequent impact threw him against a heavily padded bunk tube.

The transfer was safely executed in gale force conditions. A paramedic rendezvoused with the yacht at Storm Bay, near Hobart, Tasmania in position. Adrian was then transferred to a RIB before being airlifted to hospital via helicopter. His condition is described as stable.