Coffins, bedstead and idiot rescued by lifeboat. Answered
Sometimes I wonder how we earned our reputation as a seafaring nation...
A DIY sailor had to be rescued by the Lyme Regis coastguard and lifeboat after taking to the sea in a DIY yacht consisting mainly of two coffin-sized plywood boxes and an iron bed frame.
The anonymous man had spent several days on the beach, lashing his vessel together. It was so obviously unseaworthy that the coastguard and lifeboat crews warned him not to put to sea.
Unfortunately, he did put to sea off Charmouth. On an out-going tide in an offshore breeze.
Within yards, onlookers had to call emergency services, and the lifeboat insisted on towing the (for want of a better word) boat back to the beach. The captain had been unable to make headway against the breeze with his home-made oars...
I've got to wonder... how many of our own authors have been in a similar situation?
(You get all the serious news in the Daily Mail...)