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    Man tries to sail to US in a dinghy

    A sailor was rescued three miles off the coast of Dorset after trying to sail to the US in a 12ft (3.7m) dinghy.

    The Bulgarian national had set out from Christchurch Harbour on Saturday when a passing yachtsman saw he looked seasick as he ventured into choppy seas.

    Initially, the man refused help, but was eventually dragged on to an RNLI lifeboat and brought to shore.

    The RNLI said the man, whose only navigational aid was a street map of Southampton, faced certain death.

    Pete Dadds, lifeboat crewman, said the man spoke in broken English and told them he had bought the dinghy earlier in the day.

    It was not clear why he was trying to cross the Atlantic but he did have a US visa among his belongings.

    Mr Dadds said: "He was very stubborn, he kept saying 'no, no, I'm OK, I want to carry on'.

    "He was taking on a lot of water - he was sodden. We said to him 'if you stay out here you will die'.

    "It was an absolute mess. He was violently sick overboard and his temperature started dropping so we got him back. I was cuddling him trying to keep him warm."

    Once on shore, the man was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the cold.


    BBC News - Dorset dinghy sailor rescued after trying to sail to US

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    Sounds like a dingbat in a dinghy. Lucky for him he was found in time.

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    Is england now so bad that certain death seems a better alternative?

    Sounds a bit fishy.

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    If the guy wants another go have got a decent perspex bath for sale just need taps taking off a sail and rudder putting in place of them.
    Comes with a spare plug and chain.
    Last edited by klong toey; 17-08-2014 at 10:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    If the guy wants another go have got a decent perspex bath for sale just need taps taking off a sail and rudder putting in place of them.
    Comes with a spare plug and chain.
    Quote Originally Posted by Roobarb
    Pete Dadds, lifeboat crewman, said the man spoke in broken English
    email him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roobarb
    Pete Dadds, lifeboat crewman, said the man spoke in broken English
    Hypothermia can cause the teeth to chatter.

    I blame the local council. The park attendant should have used a megaphone to shout "come in number 9, your time is up".

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    An Afghan crossed the English Channel in this
    next stop U.S.A

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    "I'll sail the world in a titchy boat,
    For the taste of Youngers Scotch Bitter down me throat"

    (From Youngers Scotch Bitter advert, 1980's)

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    3 miles done, 4497 miles to go. He would have got over the queasiness in another mile or two. He had a proper USA visa. I'm sure he had his new smart phone with GPS. So, why did they stop him?

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