RNLI Rescue Man Attempting to Sail to America in a Dinghy
Just a few days ago, a RNLI lifeboat crew were called out to rescue a man 5 miles off the Dorset coast as he attempted to sail all the way to America in a basic dinghy worth £300.
The alarm was raised as a passing yacht spotted the 30-year-old man who appeared to be suffering from seasickness. Supposedly, the Bulgarian national had purchased the 14ft dinghy from Christchurch harbour and set out that very same day on his over-ambitious 3,500 mile adventure.
If the man had been left to alone, his voyage would have been very likely to have ended with his death. Sea sickness can be extremely dangerous, especially when running on an empty stomach, the body begins to shut down. The man was also going into the first stages of hypothermia, which gave the RNLI crew members the impression that he was drunk when first arriving on the scene just off Hengistbury Head, near Bournemouth.
Despite being in danger, the man refused help, insisting "I am going west." The crew desperately tried to reason with the stubborn sailor for over 45 minutes and convince him his voyage was hopeless. Eventually, the RNLI crew managed to drag him aboard their lifeboat, give him a neoprene helmet, wrap him in a blanket and hold him tightly to protect him from the windy conditions.
After the initial struggle to rescue the man, it emerged that he had no life jacket, his boat had no lights, and his only resource for navigating to America was a map of the city of Southampton. His only other supplies were a passport (luckily with US visa), biscuits, hot dogs and beans.
Watch the rescue unfold below.
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Article by Jack Bartrop