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‘Missing’ sailor Robin Davie sends radio message

Image copyright Barry Pickthall/PPL Image caption Robin Davie has sailed around the world three times A solo sailor who sparked a search when he was not heard from for six days has sent a radio message to say he is safe, well, and on his way to Cornwall. Robin Davie, 67, left port in France on his yacht “C’est la Vie” on Saturday for the 300-mile journey to Falmouth. His brother reported him as overdue on Wednesday morning when there had been no contact. But on Friday the coastguard said…

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British sailor admits killing wife at sea

Image copyright PA/Broward Sheriff’s Office Image caption Lewis Bennett was given a seven-month jail sentence for smuggling stolen coins A British man who claimed his American wife had disappeared at sea after their catamaran sank off the coast of Cuba has admitted killing her. Lewis Bennett and Isabella Hellmann had been married three months when she was reported missing by her husband. Detectives later learnt that the boat had been deliberately sunk. Her body has never been found. On Monday Bennett, 41, admitted a charge of involuntary manslaughter at a…

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This Morning at 30: Alison Hammond dunks sailor in weather map mishap

ITV’s This Morning brought its floating weather map back to Liverpool’s Albert Dock for its 30th anniversary, but the segment didn’t go entirely to plan. Alison Hammond was the stand-in weather host on Wednesday’s programme, but she accidentally pushed a man dressed as a sailor off the map and into the dock. Hosts Phillip and Holly could barely contain themselves after the mishap. “It’s gonna be a little bit wet in Northern Ireland as you can see,” Alison joked. Hammond had the job of navigating the weather map with the…

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Abhilash Tomy: Rescued Indian sailor speaks of ocean ordeal

Image copyright Twitter Image caption He is currently being treated at a hospital on an island in the Indian Ocean Indian solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy who was rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean on Monday has said that he survived because of his “sailing skills” and “naval training”. Mr Tomy was stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast of Western Australia after his boat was badly damaged during a storm on 21 September. He is reportedly undergoing treatment at a medical facility. The Indian Navy tweeted on behalf…

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Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thuriya set sail from France at the start of July on the round-the-world race An international rescue team is trying to reach a seriously injured Indian sailor who is taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race. Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy is stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast of Western Australia. His yacht Thuriya had its mast broken during a severe storm in the Indian Ocean. He managed to send a message saying he has a severe back injury and is immobilised, unable…

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Bristol sailor and entrepreneur Tony Bullimore dies aged 79

Image caption Tony Bullimore was also a renowned philanthropist Sailor and entrepreneur Tony Bullimore has died at the age of 79. He became a global star in 1997 after surviving four days in the upturned hull of his boat which capsized during a solo round-the-world race. Mr Bullimore moved to Bristol in the early 1960s and married Lalel, a West Indian immigrant with whom he opened the Bamboo Club, which hosted Bob Marley. He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Mr Bullimore earned the nickname the British…

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Full military burial in France for World War One Aberdeen sailor

Image copyright Commonwealth War Graves Commission Image caption A Royal Naval Division shoulder title was found An Aberdeen sailor killed during World War One is to receive a full military burial service in France on Wednesday after his remains were identified more than 100 years after his death. Able Seaman James Robertson was 27 when he died in April 1917 during the capture of Gavrelle. The human remains, and uniform shoulder titles, were found in 2016. The MoD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre had two possible candidates, before DNA confirmation.…

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Sailor stranded on ship at Great Yarmouth for 15 months

Image copyright PA Image caption Captain Nikesh Rastogi said if he were to leave the ship, it would be deemed a derelict A sailor has been stranded aboard a ship moored in Norfolk for more than 15 months amid a legal dispute. The Indian-owned Malaviya Twenty has been detained in Great Yarmouth docks since it arrived in June 2016. Capt Nikesh Rastogi was part of a 13-strong replacement crew for the ship contracted in February 2017. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said 33 crew members had been on and…

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