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Sleepwalking blind sailor plunges out of window

A blind Irish adventurer who fell out of a bedroom window while sleepwalking was disorientated and thought he was still aboard a yacht sailing around Ireland.

Mark Pollock (34), a motivational speaker and author, is recuperating in the intensive-care unit of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in England following the fall at the weekend in which he sustained serious injuries.

He fell from the top floor of a house in Henley on Friday when attending the royal regatta.

Mr Pollock, who has silver and bronze Commonwealth medals for rowing, recently completed the Round Ireland Yacht Race where he was the first blind man to co-skipper a boat.

Yesterday, his friend Markham Nolan said it was not yet known how much damage was done but he had broken a number of bones.

"He was sleepwalking. He did the Round Ireland Yacht Race there recently," Mr Nolan said. "During the last few days of that, they did not sleep. It is thought he may have been disoriented . . . that he may have thought he was still on the boat.

"It is still speculation because he doesn't remember the incident."

Mr Pollock, from Co Down, lost his sight at 22 when his retinas became detached. He was educated at Trinity College and has subsequently become a motivational speaker and adventurer. He has taken part in six marathons in a week and was the first blind man to reach the South Pole on foot.

Mr Pollock is due to marry his partner, Simone George, in a number of weeks. He was "alert and chatting away" yesterday in hospital and is said to be positive about his future.

Source Irish Independent

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