Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Man rescued after attempting to sail from England to Ireland in 6ft dinghy

A 40-year-old American has been rescued after attempting to sail from Dorset to Ireland in a 6ft inflatable dinghy.

The man had two paddles with him – one was used as a mast with a plastic sheet as a sail, and the other was acting as the rudder.

On board the blow-up dinghy the man had a limited amount of food and drink for the journey.

Portland Coastguard received a call just after 3pm on Wednesday from a range safety craft reporting concern for the man, who was approximately 2.7 nautical miles south of Durdle Door.

Coastguards put out a broadcast requesting further information about the dinghy. A dive boat responded with a sighting, and approached the dinghy.

The man, wearing a lifejacket and wetsuit, told the crew he did not require any help and did not wish to be taken ashore.

Later, the dive boat returned and the man, who left Osmington Mills at 9am, agreed to get on board and be taken to Lulworth.

He was met at 8.30pm by the Lulworth Coastguard rescue team, police and ambulance and received treatment for sunburn.

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