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Tuesday 4 May 2010

Not seaworthy

This is too funny:

From the Telegraph via
AHOY THERE! A lifeboat crew rescued a sailor off the coast of England taking his first voyage. The unnamed 45-year-old man had just bought the boat, which was not suitable for sea voyages, and was trying to navigate from Gillingham to Southampton -- using only a road map.

He figured he could simply keep the coast of England on "his right" and get there fine, but forgot about the Isle of Sheppey, only about 10 miles away from his starting point. He went around and around the 8-mile-wide island all day and all night, until he ran out of fuel and went aground, rescuers say. He had a marine radio that he could have used to call for help, but didn't know how to use it. "He didn't even;know what navigational charts were," said a lifeboat volunteer who helped in the rescue.

Read the whole story here