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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...)


why didnt he just be sensible and use a surfboard


8 years ago

Oh, well, Dorset.  You'd never catch a Devonian doing something so silly :P

Maybe he had read the illustrious adventures here and wanted to sail to Cuba as well :)

"You'd never catch a Devonian doing something so silly."

What about a Silurian? Hey, Kiteman! How's that for an obscure pun?

It's only obscure to a non-Brit...

(They're being revived (recursively) for the latest incarnation)

Not to a geologist, hopefully...

Hah, hah!  I had no idea.  Really.  No idea at all.  I was punning on the Silurian/Devonian geological names.

That's what I meant about them coming back - the Dr Who Silurians brought themselves out of hibernation, and now the writers are bringing them back to the modern series (I heard).

Excellent link, dude!  I didn't see it before my own comment.

Ummmm....was the vessel taking on water?  Was it in any danger of capsizing (catamarans are generally pretty stable)?  It's a pity the CG couldn't have just put up a video camera with a big sign saying "Watch and Learn" ...

He was just drifting out to sea without any useful means of control.

Looking at google maps, he was probably at risk of drifting into major shipping lanes as well.

And your point is?

Darn those meddling bureaucrats and their interference with natural selection!

Might have dented a Japanese whaling ship. Imagine what a stink that would have kicked up!

More likely a naval vessel full of ash-trapped tourists.

Hey, maybe that was his scheme?

I must admit to being in a similar situation, involving some barrels wood and rope, granted I didn't intend to take to the sea that day... 

Hey, is this just viral marketing for Tim's latest instructable?

The Mail again?
This'll probably be in the Metro tomorrow, or next week....


I wish I could find "Freddie Star is eat my hamster", but unfortunately no.