Volvo Ocean Race yachtsman John Fisher feared dead after falling overboard during round-the-world race in Southern Ocean

A BRITISH yachtsman who fell overboard during a round-the-world race in the Southern Ocean is feared dead.

John Fisher, who now lives in Adelaide, Australia, fell from Group Solar Hung Kai's Scallywag yacht 1,four hundred nautical miles west of Cape Horn at yesterday afternoon [Monday].

 Yachtsman John Fisher is feared dead after falling overboard in a round-the-world race

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Yachtsman John Fisher is feared dead after falling overboard in a round-the-world race

Volvo Ocean Race organisers stated a search was beneath approach for the forty seven-yr-previous however acknowledged the severity of the forecast and lack of sunshine meant hopes of a rescue have been slim.

They stated the Scallywag staff aboard the 65ft yacht carried out an exhaustive seek for Mr Fisher however have been pressured to show downwind and head in the direction of the closest protected landfall on the South American coast.

In a press release, race organisers stated: "The climate in the world is forecast to deteriorate considerably in the approaching hours.

"SHK/Scallywag has thus made the troublesome choice to show downwind and head in the direction of the South American coast, the closest protected landfall, roughly 1,200 nautical miles away."

 The 47-year-old Brit fell from his craft in the Southern Ocean and is feared dead

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The forty seven-yr-previous Brit fell from his craft in the Southern Ocean and is feared dead
 Extreme weather conditions are making the search for John Fisher very difficult

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Excessive climate circumstances are making the seek for John Fisher very troublesome

The wind in the world on the time was a robust 35-knot westerly and the water temperature was 9 levels Celsius.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre despatched one ship to the scene and is constant to contact different ships that could possibly help.

Mr Fisher was participating in his first Volvo Ocean Race, a forty five,000 nautical mile race around the globe.

The groups have been on leg seven from Auckland, New Zealand, to Iajai, Brazil, when Mr Fisher fell overboard.

He was on watch and sporting applicable survival gear when he fell into the ocean the organisers stated.

A BRITISH yachtsman who fell overboard during a round-the-world race in the Southern Ocean is feared dead.