British sailor praises mates after ocean rescue

BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A British sailor who fell overboard during a yacht race and spent nearly two hours in the cold, rough North Pacific says he never gave up hope of being rescued because he knew his fellow crew members were well-trained for such an emergency.

Andrew Taylor tells The Associated Press via satellite phone that he didn't panic even though he lost sight of his boat, but did wonder if his mates would be able to find him in the big waves.

Says Taylor: "I believe I'm a very, very lucky boy. There were many eventualities and possibilities that could have ended very differently."

Taylor injured his right leg when he smashed into the rudder after he fell overboard Monday. He'll have X-rays when the 70-foot Derry-Londonderry-Doire reaches San Francisco in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.