Crew rescued from Fastnet Race yacht Rambler 100

Fastnet race
Image caption The Fastnet Race began from the Isle of Wight on Sunday

Twenty-one crew members have been rescued from a racing yacht which capsized off the Irish coast on Monday.

The Rambler 100 was taking part in the Fastnet Race when it overturned about 12 miles from Baltimore in County Cork just after 18:30 BST.

Sixteen crew members sitting on the hull of the vessel were airlifted to safety. Another five who were in a life raft were taken on board other yachts.

The race began from the Isle of Wight on Sunday with 314 yachts taking part.

The US-registered vessel is understood to have capsized between the Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy.

A woman who was on the life raft was airlifted to hospital in County Kerry.

The biennial race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, runs for 608 miles along the south coast of the UK, across to the Fastnet Rock off the south-west Irish coast.

It then returns around the Scilly Isles to the finish in Plymouth.

A spokeswoman for the Irish Coast Guard said the seas in the area were not very rough at the time of the accident but that the weather conditions were foggy.

In 1979, 15 people died in the race when yachts were buffeted by treacherous conditions including strong winds and rough seas.

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