07/10/2014

Sailor Rescues From English Channel

A sailor has been rescued after almost 12 hours adrift in stormy seas in the English Channel.

Two coastguard helicopters, a navy helicopter, a navy vessel, lifeboats and a French aircraft responded after the yachtsman sent a VHF radio message saying that his boat was at risk of capsizing. The search operation was launched at about 17:00 and the sailor was found, 18 miles south of Portland, at about 04:00.

According to reports the sailor is understood to have arrived on shore with his arm in a sling, but he is not thought to be seriously injured.

(MH/IT)

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