Man rescued while trying to sail from UK to America in a dinghy


A man has been rescued from rough seas after
attempting to sail from the UK to America in a dinghy. The man, thought to be a Bulgarian national,
was spotted in his 14 foot dinghy five miles off the coast of Dorset on Saturday when a
rescue team came to help. The RNLI lifeboat crew from Mudeford were
called out at around 5pm after a passing yachtsman noticed the dinghy’s skipper was seasick. But the 30-year-old sailor wasn’t too happy
about being rescued and refused help from the lifeboat for 45 minutes before the RNLI
crew dragged him on to their boat and to shore where police and an ambulance crew were waiting. The man had purchased the dinghy for £300
at Christchurch harbour earlier that day and packed a bag of food including biscuits, hot
dogs and beans as well as a bag of clothes and a US visa for his voyage. But he forgot a few vital things as he had
no life jacket, the boat had no lights and his only navigational tool was a street map
of Southampton.

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