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‘Careful’ US sailors thought they were safer in SA. They were ...


‘Careful’ US sailors thought they were safer in SA. They were wrong

Patrick Childress said he was lucky to be in SA when the coronavirus hit. Now he is on a ventilator in hospital

Senior reporter

Six weeks ago, American sailor Patrick Childress joked that he was much better off in locked-down SA than his native country, which has the most infections Covid-19.

But Childress is now on a ventilator in Groote Schuur Hospital’s intensive care unit after falling ill with the respiratory illness on his 40ft yacht at a Cape Town marina.

Childress and his wife, Rebecca, have been circumnavigating the world for years aboard their vessel, Brick House. They  document their adventures via a popular cruising vlog (http://www.Youtube.com/PatrickChildress) that has an international following among the blue-water sailing community...

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