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‘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

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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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