Bulgarian national got as far as Hengistbury Head after leaving Christchurch, Coastguards said

Man 'attempting to sail to USA' rescued by lifeboat. Pic: RNLI

Man 'attempting to sail to USA' rescued by lifeboat. Pic: RNLI

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A MAN was rescued from the sea after attempting to sail to America during a busy day for the coastguard.

The Mudeford RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 4.17pm on Saturday after a 12ft dinghy was spotted to the south of Hengistbury Head with one person on board, after a passing yacht noticed that the dinghy’s skipper was seasick.

On arrival, the sailor was reluctant to accept help from the RNLI but was eventually persuaded to be brought back to Christchurch Harbour by the lifeboat, as he did not appear to be displaying ‘proficient sailing’, said Portland Coastguard.

Coastguard rescue officers and Dorset Police were there to meet him at the harbour as he was suffering from the cold, along with the ambulance service, which took him to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for treatment.

It later transpired, said the Coastguard, that the man was a Bulgarian national who had set off with the intention of sailing to the USA.

Pete Dadds was one of the crewmen onboard the lifeboat which attended to the man. He said that if the lifeboat had not been contacted by a passing yacht, the man would certainly have died.

“He did not have any safety equipment, no mobile phone or VHF radio, no lights, he had a buoyancy aid instead of a lifejacket, which would have kept him afloat, and no way to raise the alarm. The dingy also wasn’t built for the purpose that he intended it for.

“He had two bags with him, one filled with his belongings and one filled with food, and just the clothes he was wearing.

 “He would not speak to us and was un-responsive, apart from saying, “Leave me, I am heading west”, but there was a south-westerly wind and so I told him he would never make it.

“You could tell he was sick and was in the first stages of hyperthermia, as he was cold, he was being sick and he was being quite difficult, which we have learnt to recognise in connection to hypothermia.”

Pete said that after the man was taken ashore, police officers went through his bags to find identification and found that he was a 30-year-old Bulgarian national, who had an American visa with him.

“If the man on the passing yacht had not contacted us, I don’t think anyone would have known that this ever happened.

“Nobody would have been searching for a body because they would not have known he was there and the boat would have almost definitely sunk.

“If we weren’t there, he would have definitely have died. In my 20 or so years of volunteering with the RNLI, I can honestly say that I may only have actually saved, not just assisted, maybe four or five people and this is one of them.”

Earlier in the day, the Poole RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was tasked to assisted with a capsized catamaran in the water off Sandbanks Beach.

Two people were recovered and were taken ashore before the lifeboat crew following a call made to the emergency services at 2.45pm, before the lifeboat returned to recover the catamaran dinghy, which had suffered a split hull.

Less than two hours later, the Poole RNLI Inshore Lifeboat attended reports of a capsized sailing dinghy and one person in the water in Poole Harbour.

A call was made at 4.15pm, leading to the lifeboat visiting the Wills Cut area of the harbour, where they rescued the person and took them to Baiter Park, before later returning to recover the dinghy.

Four people were reported in the water off Salterns Marina in Poole Harbour leading to the Poole RNLI Inshore Lifeboat visiting the scene.

On arrival, following the call made at 4.27pm, two people were found from a capsized dinghy and two were from a capsized jetski, who were all taken to Baiter Park, where they were met by Poole Coastguards.

The lifeboat returned to recover the dinghy and jetski after attending another incident.

The Poole RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was also called to attend two people who were in the water in Poole Harbour following a capsized Hobie Cat.

A call was made at 5.37pm leading to the lifeboat crew rescuing the people and their vessel, which was brought ashore where they were met by Poole Coastguard.

Dorset Police were assisted by the coastguard in the search for a missing 67-year-old man last night who was visiting Sandbanks on a day trip.

A call was made to Poole Coastguard Rescue Team at 8.05pm to help with an extensive search for the man who had not returned to his coach after a trip out from a residential care home in London.

The man was soon found by police officers in Poole Park.

An emergency call was made to Southbourne Coastguard with a report of an unusual vessel secured to a buoy in Christchurch Bay.

The coastguard were alerted at 8.09pm and made a broadcast with a responding vessel able to confirm that the craft was an Atlantic rowing vessel with one person on board, who was remaining for the night to test his equipment.

Swanage Coastguard rescue officers were called to investigate reports of a canoe containing two people from a beach party who were out in dangerous conditions.

The call was made just after 9pm and the coastguard found that two men from the party, which was on Swanage Beach, had been fishing in the canoe. Both men had returned to the beach and did not intend to set off again that night.

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9:37am Sun 17 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

There's nothing that can be said about that!
There's nothing that can be said about that! Carolyn43
  • Score: 12

9:40am Sun 17 Aug 14

boardsandphotos says...

Headline says Lithuanian, last sentence says Bulgarian.
Headline says Lithuanian, last sentence says Bulgarian. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 7

9:54am Sun 17 Aug 14

ssmith says...

Corrected - my mistake when uploading.

Steve Smith - Chief Reporter
Corrected - my mistake when uploading. Steve Smith - Chief Reporter ssmith
  • Score: 16

9:55am Sun 17 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
Headline says Lithuanian, last sentence says Bulgarian.
Yes, well Lithuania is north east of Poland in the northern part of Europe with a coast on the Baltic sea, and Bulgaria is south of Poland with a coast on the Black Sea.

Perhaps he's a Lithuanian who was living in Bulgaria.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: Headline says Lithuanian, last sentence says Bulgarian.[/p][/quote]Yes, well Lithuania is north east of Poland in the northern part of Europe with a coast on the Baltic sea, and Bulgaria is south of Poland with a coast on the Black Sea. Perhaps he's a Lithuanian who was living in Bulgaria. Carolyn43
  • Score: -15

9:56am Sun 17 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

Oh, they've changed the headline and he's Bulgarian - probably.
Oh, they've changed the headline and he's Bulgarian - probably. Carolyn43
  • Score: -11

10:10am Sun 17 Aug 14

boardsandphotos says...

ssmith wrote:
Corrected - my mistake when uploading.

Steve Smith - Chief Reporter
No problem Steve.

Invoice is in the post. ;0)
[quote][p][bold]ssmith[/bold] wrote: Corrected - my mistake when uploading. Steve Smith - Chief Reporter[/p][/quote]No problem Steve. Invoice is in the post. ;0) boardsandphotos
  • Score: 10

10:50am Sun 17 Aug 14

John T says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
Headline says Lithuanian, last sentence says Bulgarian.
Yes, well Lithuania is north east of Poland in the northern part of Europe with a coast on the Baltic sea, and Bulgaria is south of Poland with a coast on the Black Sea.

Perhaps he's a Lithuanian who was living in Bulgaria.
When the OHEC reporters frequently have difficulty correctly identifying locations in Bournemouth and Poole, you can hardly expect them to be right 'with 'these faraway places about which they know nothing.'
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: Headline says Lithuanian, last sentence says Bulgarian.[/p][/quote]Yes, well Lithuania is north east of Poland in the northern part of Europe with a coast on the Baltic sea, and Bulgaria is south of Poland with a coast on the Black Sea. Perhaps he's a Lithuanian who was living in Bulgaria.[/p][/quote]When the OHEC reporters frequently have difficulty correctly identifying locations in Bournemouth and Poole, you can hardly expect them to be right 'with 'these faraway places about which they know nothing.' John T
  • Score: 4

11:24am Sun 17 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

Do be quiet. A small error that has been corrected. Jeez.
Do be quiet. A small error that has been corrected. Jeez. TheDistrict
  • Score: 27

11:34am Sun 17 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

America?
Yes it's just over there pal........ :o0
America? Yes it's just over there pal........ :o0 BIGTONE
  • Score: 16

11:40am Sun 17 Aug 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Basically, what an idiot. I hope they send him the bill!
Basically, what an idiot. I hope they send him the bill! Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 28

11:41am Sun 17 Aug 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

BIGTONE wrote:
America?
Yes it's just over there pal........ :o0
Across the pond, dontcha know :p
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: America? Yes it's just over there pal........ :o0[/p][/quote]Across the pond, dontcha know :p Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 3

11:47am Sun 17 Aug 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

UKIP supporters take note. New emigration trend thwarted by HM coastguard.
UKIP supporters take note. New emigration trend thwarted by HM coastguard. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: -1

12:48pm Sun 17 Aug 14

H2o-hara says...

Geography lessons needed desperately to say the least . Seems to be a bit more than early stages of hypothermia .
Geography lessons needed desperately to say the least . Seems to be a bit more than early stages of hypothermia . H2o-hara
  • Score: 10

1:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

504gld says...

I don't suppose any of them will be making a charitable donation to the RNLI.....
I don't suppose any of them will be making a charitable donation to the RNLI..... 504gld
  • Score: 25

4:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

60plus says...

Maybe he wasn't getting the benifits he thought he would get.
Maybe he wasn't getting the benifits he thought he would get. 60plus
  • Score: 12

4:51pm Sun 17 Aug 14

agp1337 says...

I know a lot of money was wasted, but the article still made me laugh! What an idiot.
I know a lot of money was wasted, but the article still made me laugh! What an idiot. agp1337
  • Score: 15

5:41pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Bob49 says...

silly bulgar
silly bulgar Bob49
  • Score: 5

6:05pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

Foreigner caught trying to ESCAPE Britain!!

Maybe he knows something we don't…
Foreigner caught trying to ESCAPE Britain!! Maybe he knows something we don't… Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 29

7:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

The most alarming thing is he had no mobile phone .

I thought it was mandatory to hold one in your hand and keep looking at it.
The most alarming thing is he had no mobile phone . I thought it was mandatory to hold one in your hand and keep looking at it. Lord Spring
  • Score: 14

8:02pm Sun 17 Aug 14

asj says...

must of been a nice change for him. men in life jackets. instead of men in white coats helping him!!
must of been a nice change for him. men in life jackets. instead of men in white coats helping him!! asj
  • Score: 1

12:01am Mon 18 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

NorwegianAir has cheap flights from LGW to JFK. I am sure he could have flogged the boat and bought a ticket.

Idea: if the UK wants to get rid of foreigns, why buy this man a one way ticket to the States, where he has a visa? Surely, it would be cheaper,

BA = Buggeroff Aliens.
NorwegianAir has cheap flights from LGW to JFK. I am sure he could have flogged the boat and bought a ticket. Idea: if the UK wants to get rid of foreigns, why buy this man a one way ticket to the States, where he has a visa? Surely, it would be cheaper, BA = Buggeroff Aliens. Yankee1
  • Score: -4

7:31am Mon 18 Aug 14

neilf2006 says...

Seem to be a lot of foolish people on or in the water? Does the RNLI charge a fee for time wasting?
Seem to be a lot of foolish people on or in the water? Does the RNLI charge a fee for time wasting? neilf2006
  • Score: 10

8:34am Mon 18 Aug 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

He so nearly made it to America!

What he expected to do if he ever did make it would be interesting!
He so nearly made it to America! What he expected to do if he ever did make it would be interesting! Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 4

8:46am Mon 18 Aug 14

new2it says...

As said, what and idiot. Pity there aren't a few comments praising the RNLI for their work. Thank God for these people who regularly put their own lives in danger for the sake of others.
As said, what and idiot. Pity there aren't a few comments praising the RNLI for their work. Thank God for these people who regularly put their own lives in danger for the sake of others. new2it
  • Score: 18

9:57am Mon 18 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Should have left him to it, would have been cheaper overall.
Should have left him to it, would have been cheaper overall. speedy231278
  • Score: -4

10:27am Mon 18 Aug 14

tms444 says...

You've got to laugh otherwise you'd cry, he probably would've got to the Isle of Wight and thought it was America !!! Our RNLI is the best in the world and should be given the recognition they deserve.
You've got to laugh otherwise you'd cry, he probably would've got to the Isle of Wight and thought it was America !!! Our RNLI is the best in the world and should be given the recognition they deserve. tms444
  • Score: 11

2:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

A N Archist says...

Sure enough he probably does need a geography lesson but more to the point some other kind of support. Why would anyone want to leave a right wing racist state to go to one thats ten times worse.
Sure enough he probably does need a geography lesson but more to the point some other kind of support. Why would anyone want to leave a right wing racist state to go to one thats ten times worse. A N Archist
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Mon 18 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

Health and Safety gone mad, imagine if the police had stopped the Wright brothers because they were attempting to fly?
Health and Safety gone mad, imagine if the police had stopped the Wright brothers because they were attempting to fly? BarrHumbug
  • Score: -1

5:26pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Bob49 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Health and Safety gone mad, imagine if the police had stopped the Wright brothers because they were attempting to fly?
errrr, what had Health and Safety to do with this ?
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Health and Safety gone mad, imagine if the police had stopped the Wright brothers because they were attempting to fly?[/p][/quote]errrr, what had Health and Safety to do with this ? Bob49
  • Score: -1

5:53pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Jetwasher says...

Should of just let him get on with it !
Should of just let him get on with it ! Jetwasher
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Mon 18 Aug 14

kinsonjim says...

You all sure he is not the 'WING WALKER' in disguise??
You all sure he is not the 'WING WALKER' in disguise?? kinsonjim
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Domingo De Santa Clara says...

The RNLI have robbed us of a potential 2014 Darwin Award winner!!
The RNLI have robbed us of a potential 2014 Darwin Award winner!! Domingo De Santa Clara
  • Score: 4

6:48pm Mon 18 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Let him get on with it - and make him sign a waiver that if he gets into difficulty then he pays the costs of rescue or he is just not rescued, end of, one less idiot on the planet then won't there be.
Let him get on with it - and make him sign a waiver that if he gets into difficulty then he pays the costs of rescue or he is just not rescued, end of, one less idiot on the planet then won't there be. FerryFan
  • Score: 3

6:58pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Boganish says...

Two American tourists greet him on the Isle of White ," Well Howdy Partner" He cries " I made it"
Two American tourists greet him on the Isle of White ," Well Howdy Partner" He cries " I made it" Boganish
  • Score: 7

8:48am Tue 19 Aug 14

RM says...

Did I hear on last night's news that he'd made a second attempt?
Did I hear on last night's news that he'd made a second attempt? RM
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ShuttleX says...

Well done to the passing yacht who called it in. They are the ones who saved this mans life.
Well done to the passing yacht who called it in. They are the ones who saved this mans life. ShuttleX
  • Score: 1

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