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TODAY   |  April 03, 2014

Sailor who went overboard: ‘It was just bang, gone’

Sailor Andrew Taylor tells TODAY about the moment he fell overboard in the middle of the Pacific Ocean during a yacht race, and storm winds blew him off the deck. He was alone for 90 brutal minutes before his dramatic rescue, caught on camera.

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>> you earlier in the week a sailor who spent overboard and spent an hour in really rough seas before he was finally rescued.

>> this happened in the middle of the around the world yacht race . now we're getting the full story from the man himself.

>> it happened so quickly. one minute my feet were on the deck and the next second my head was in the water. it happened in a second. bang, just gone.

>> reporter: andrew taylor thought he'd be lost forever after storm winds blew him off the deck of this racing yacht. taylor was quickly swept away by strong ocean currents .

>> i was starting to see the mast rather than the boat as the waves were coming you and down. it felt like every time i went up, the boat went down.

>> reporter: it took place during a sail change during the tenth leg of the race from china to san francisco .

>> mayday, mayday, mayday, we have a man overboard. we are requesting immediate assistance.

>> i see somebody at the mast and when i saw that, i thought that's really cool because that means they're looking for me.

>> what he didn't know, crews from all 12 races yachts were involved in the search but none were able to spot him.

>> the minute you go out of sight, the ocean becomes a very big place.

>> for an hour and a half, taylor fought the punishing pacific, confident his crew mates would eventually find him.

>> the crew on this boat were amazing. i knew they were looking for me this that was a good thing.

>> after 90 long, cold and brutal minutes, taylor was finally spotted.

>> we could see him waving his arms. that was another massive relief. and we got near to him and before we knew it, he was instructing us on how to get him back on board.

>> we knew what we were doing. we were trained, we were prepared, we'd been through the drills, we'd rehearsed it, we'd done it so many times together, we knew what we were doing.

>> thank goodness because that saved his life.

>> thank goodness. that saeved his life. he was treated for shock and hypothermia. they are expected back next week.

>> they're still racing?

>> look at your watch now and look at it again in 90 minutes and think wa would it be like if i were bobbing in that ocean.

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