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Tim Freeman arrested at Studland beach after running yacht aground
8:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A DISASTER-prone sailor has been arrested after he sparked a 10th rescue operation in a month.
Tim Freeman, 24, was detained close to where he had ran his 24ft yacht aground at the beach at Studland.
It is thought Mr Freeman's calamitous solo voyages have cost lifeboat and Coastguard rescuers £20,000.
After he was rescued five times in a week by the RNLI off the Sussex coast, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency impounded his 21ft yacht for safety reasons.
But Mr Freeman bought a slightly bigger vessel called Reginald in Plymouth.
The Sidmouth lifeboat was called out after he was seen attempting to run the yacht aground.
He then sailed to Swanage, where the lifeboat was called out twice, once for drifting dangerously close to the shoreline and then after he fouled his propeller with a rope.
Mr Freeman, from East Sussex, then ran the yacht aground again after getting lost and turning down a shallow channel in Poole Harbour.
Despite coastguard appeals for him to stick to dry land, the seaman left Wareham Quay on Thursday and ran aground at Knoll Beach, Studland.
He was arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police in connection with an allegation that he failed to have attended a court appearance in Leamington Spa to answer charges of assault.
A spokeswoman for Portland Coastguard said: "The police called us to say they had received a call from a member of the public about a boat that had run aground.
"They said there was a man standing in the surf holding a rope and trying to control the yacht.
"When Swanage coastguards arrived he was not there, but the police received another call about the man in a different area and put two and two together.”
Ian Brown, of the Swanage coastguard, said: "To have to be rescued at sea once is unfortunate, twice is very unfortunate and any more than that it is time to think about giving up sailing before yours and others lives are put at risk.”
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