Simon Speirs

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Simon Speirs is believed to have drowned after he was swept overboard throughout tough seas.

A sailor has died after being swept overboard throughout a world yacht race.

Simon Speirs, 60, from Bristol, was participating within the Clipper Around the World Race leg from South Africa to Australia.

Organisers mentioned the retired solicitor, who was sporting a life jacket, was washed over the facet throughout gale pressure winds on Saturday.

Mr Speirs, described as an skilled sailor, has been buried at sea.

In response to a statement from Clipper, Mr Speirs was crusing for Nice Britain on board the CV30, which was in sixth place and had reached the Indian Ocean.

Race organisers mentioned Mr Speirs was on the foredeck of the 70ft yacht serving to to alter a sail when he “turned separated from the yacht within the Southern Ocean… in a tough sea state”.

Mr Speirs was pulled again on board, however by no means regained consciousness.

He’s believed to have drowned.

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Clipper organisers mentioned: “We’re extraordinarily saddened at the moment to report the fatality of Simon Speirs.

“Simon’s subsequent of kin have been knowledgeable and our deepest ideas are together with his household and all those that knew him.”

The remainder of the crew are believed to be protected and heading for Freemantle in Australia.

Clipper mentioned an investigation can be carried out.

The 12 racing yachts set off from Liverpool in August.