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19 June 2002, 09:47 am
Three Days After His Injury in the Round Texel Race
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Before the Crash, photo: Annemiek Van Kinderen

Mitch Booth Released From Hospital

Mitch Booth of the EDS Sailing Team was released from hospital yesterday on the 18th of June after being seriously injured when the boat pitch polled at full speed during the Round Texel on Saturday June 15.
After three tough days in the Den Helder hospital Mitch Booth has been released. He has been thoroughly checked by the Dutch Federation's Doctor Hans van ELST. Additionally Booth got scanned in the MRI Centre in Amsterdam. Conclusion was a severe damaging of the lower back muscle. Tomorrow physiotherapy will to start. Booth still has a lot of trouble to move and will be out of the running for some three weeks. It does not look like the EDS Sailing Team will be competing in Kiel Week (last week June).

Mitch Booth commented. "In a flash everything passes through your mind. Then you only want to straighten the boat and keep going. But you feel great pain and you know things are not good! However I helped getting the boat on its feet. Wow, things can go wrong quickly. After that I have spent three days staring at the sky. In the rescue boat in the ambulance and in the hospital being completely stabilised. Enough time to think about life and what can happen. After all I am very relieved that I have only seriously damaged my muscles and that I can think about the future. Now that we have done all the MRI scans and we can see that things will cure the pain is much easier to bare."

EDS Sailing Team Press/News Editor
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