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Tanker hits racing yacht in Cowes Week

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Dramatic collision between supertanker & yacht

06 August 2011
Whilst the Extreme Racing series was entertaining the crowds at this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, a supertanker was in a collision with a racing yacht, that was then dismasted as its spinnaker sail was snagged by the ship's anchor.

The Marine Knutsen supertanker was on its way into Southampton docks and was making its presence known by repeatedly sounding its horn. But one yacht didn't seem to give itself enough time to clear the massive boat and was hit before having its mast and rigging ripped off when one of its sails got caught in the supertanker's anchor.

Solent Coastguard was alerted at 15:20 BST that the yacht Atlanta of Chester, taking part in the Cowes Week regatta, had been involved in the accident. Two people were rescued from the sea, the coastguard said. 

Update on the incident from BBC News.

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