BREAKING: Woman dies following sailing accident

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A woman who fell overboard from a yacht during a sailing accident has passed away this afternoon (July 17).

Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club member Maxine Wood was involved in a sailing accident when racing on Sunday 12 July off the coast of Bridlington.

Mrs Wood was in “a very poor condition” following the incident but sadly passed away at 3.10pm this afternoon.

Commodore at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club Steve Stanton said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve Wood and his family and he has requested that Members respect their privacy at this distressing time.”

Lifeboats from Bridlington and Flamborough were requested by Humber Coastguard to attend the scene at Bridlington Bay to aid Mrs Wood and a man, who were both hospitalised.

Bridlington RNLI spokesperson Andy Brompton said: “Arriving on scene first the Flamborough lifeboat crew gave help to a female who was unconscious and was taken on board the lifeboat.

“The woman, who was in a very poor condition, was transferred to a Coastguard helicopter and taken to Hull.

“The Bridlington lifeboat was informed that one of the yachts crew had also gone in the sea in an effort to help the woman but was now on board the yacht.

“The Bridlington lifeboat went alongside the yacht and helmsman Adi Trower put a lifeguard on board to check on the man’s condition.”

The male, in his seventies, was starting to suffer from the cold and RNLI crew decided it would be best to get him ashore as quickly as possible.

He was taken to hospital by a waiting paramedic.

The inshore lifeboat crew returned to meet the yacht and escorted it to its berth in the harbour.