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Friday 9 December 2016

Girl (6) dies in yacht tragedy

A six-year-old girl has died after a yacht sank in the mid-Atlantic at night and she spent about seven hours in the water amid 33-foot waves.

A French yacht carrying what was believed to be a couple and their two children sank after midnight, the Portuguese navy said in a statement. The woman and a nine-year-old boy climbed into the yacht's lifeboat and were picked up by a merchant ship. A plane threw the man and girl an inflatable lifeboat and they were rescued after dawn, but the girl later died.

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