Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Hebrides-bound mariner and dog saved from ‘leaky’ boat off Lundy

13:38 25 July 2014

The 22 Squadron Seaking helicopter from RMB Chivenor winched the man and his dog to safety.

The 22 Squadron Seaking helicopter from RMB Chivenor winched the man and his dog to safety.

Archant

‘Optimistic voyager’ had no lights, no radio and a leaking boat, but told rescuers he was enroute to Scotland from Instow...

A man and his dog who set off from Instow for the Hebrides did not get very far after being rescued from their ‘leaky’ sail boat just south of Lundy last night (Thursday).

Swansea Coastguard was alerted to the plight of the optimistic mariner just before midnight when he called police on his mobile phone to say his 17 foot boat had broken down mid channel.

Coastguards had to use onshore telecommunications beacons to get a very rough fix on his position and the search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor spent two hours looking for him.

Finally just before 4am the sailor and his canine companion were winched to safety by the RAF Seaking crew and Appledore all weather lifeboat recovered his dubious craft.

Coastguards said the vessel was one of the least seaworthy they had encountered in a good while - its hull was leaking, the mast was missing, with an old windsurfing rig as a substitute, no lights, no VHF radio and the GPS wasn’t working.

The man, who carried no charts with him, told them he was en route to the Hebrides in Scotland, having set out from Instow.

“So many things were wrong with this gentleman’s boat and lack of preparation that the situation was almost comical,” said Bernie Kemble, watch officer for Swansea Coastguard.

“He had taken to sea in what was effectively a leaky fibreglass hull, without even the most basic communications and safety equipment.

“The situation could have been far more serious and he and his dog were lucky that they were rescued promptly. We would remind anyone in trouble at sea or on the coast to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:25
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Barnstaple’s crown court service - one of 86 to be axed across the UK - has not been used since 2012.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:54
The first turbine is hoisted into place at Batsworthy Cross, near South Molton. Picture: Submitted

Stormy weather holds up progress bur engineers say wind farm could be operational by the end of summer

Read more
Yesterday, 14:55
Some care homes have been ranked below par by the CQC

Almost half of homes inspected since November 2014 classed as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’

Read more
Yesterday, 14:08
Cheyne car park can be lashed by winter storms. Picture: Aaron Collins.

Ilfracombe seafront car park could come under town control

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24
Paula Byrom, Patricia Shepherd and Roger Byrom with the polio appeal crocuses.

Get your purple crocus now to show your support for the End Polio Now campaign this month

Read more
Yesterday, 10:38
Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for North Devon on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28

Two Ford cars involved in collision this morning (Thursday) near Barnstaple Premier Inn.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:22

Two cars collided on the Link Road near South Molton this morning (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Rob Braddick in front of the new caravans. Picture: Sarah Howells

Rob Braddick says bookings for 2016 are up on last year as he completes £800,000 investment in new caravans in Westward Ho! park.

Read more
Wed, 17:20
North Devon Council has welcomed news of extra rural funding from central government.

Local councils are set to receive more central government support to help ease the effects of funding cuts between now and 2020.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications