British sailor Andrew Ashman has died while taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race after an accident off the coast of Portugal.
The race began in London at the end of last month. The 49-year-old paramedic was a crew member on board the IchorCoal entry.
A statement on the official website of the race confirmed the sailor’s death after he was knocked unconscious. It’s believed he was adjusting the sails at the time of the accident.
It is the first such tragedy in the history of the race which was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
An official investigation has been launched by the organisers.