He had been sailing in Spain’s 34th Copa del Rey regatta and, while sailing off the island of Dragonera in winds of 35 knots, the boat unexpectedly gybed and the boom hit him on the forehead, throwing him overboard. Duende’s crew issued a mayday and a rescue helicopter was scrambled, but initially no trace of Rodriguez was found.
During the prize giving of 2015 Perini Navi Cup last week – in which the yacht came third – Seahawk’s crew were given an honorary mention for the pivotal role they played in Rodriguez's rescue.
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