Irishman Brian Carlin was part of a nine-strong Volvo Ocean Race crew that was forced to abandon their boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean after grounding on a reef.
Carlin was onboard Danish entry Team Vestas Wind which was running in fourth position when the incident happened early Sunday morning 430km to the north-east of Mauritius.
The team was travelling on the fourth leg of the journey from Cape Town and Abu Dhabi when they became grounded on the reef in shark-infested waters.
The €4.75m boat suffered significant damage and skipper Chris Nicholson gave the order to abandon after failed attempts to repair the stern and broken rudders. Nicholson confirmed that none of his crew were injured and had been safely rescued.
“I’m extremely relieved that every one of the nine crew members now are safe and that nobody is injured,” race CEO Knut Frostad said afterwards. “That has always been our first priority since we first learned about the grounding.