BUNCRANA yachtsman Sean McCarter who rescued a crew member who went overboard, during last year’s Clipper Round the world race, has been nominated for an award by his peers.
The former skipper of Derry-Londonderry-Doire is up for an Achievement of the Year award in recognition of his “incredible” efforts in saving the life of crewman Andrew Taylor.
Mr Taylor fell into rough seas some 2,600 miles offshore. Sean ceased racing, started the engine, dropped the sails and began a search for his crew member. He was recovered after an hour and a half.
Derry Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson urged people to vote for the Buncrana man who is the son of Anne (nee Jackson, Ballybofey) and Andy McCarter.
“The way in which Sean and his crew dealt with this emergency was truly inspiring and I am in no doubt that he saved Andrew’s life.
“Sean is a skilled yachtsman and leader and I am delighted that his courage and professionalism is being acknowledged and would encourage as many people as possible to vote for him,” Cllr Stevenso said.
To vote for Sean McCarter’s Clipper rescue go to http://www.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/articles/yachts-yachting-awards-2015/click here . Voting closes on December 15.