AN ECO entrepreneur has drowned after a storm wrecked her yacht while on a mission to study plastic pollution in the ocean.
Sara King, 34, became trapped in the sinking 48ft catamaran 240 miles off the coast of South Africa.
The vessel was spotted by a container ship, and rescuers were able to save her partner James Elsworth, 33, his friend Jason Baker, 31, and pet dog Dax.
However, attempts to revive Ms King failed. An investigation into how she died has begun. ‘It’s the most awful tragedy that’s ended the life of a young woman who loved the world and had everything to live for,’ a source told The Sun.
The trio and cross-terrier Dax set sail from Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape on Friday bound for Madagascar for a research expedition on microplastics.
Their trip was backed by the University of Birmingham.
But South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute said their boat was hit by a ‘severe storm and massive surf’ at around 3pm on Monday.
Ms King, originally from Wiltshire, was a co-founder of Evolve Abroad, which provides trips and training in skills ranging from marine biology to conflict resolution. She had been posting updates on her Instagram page.
In her final video she said: ‘Winds up, sails out. The highs and lows can make you scream — wild coast: you magnificent beast.’