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Man rescued after trying to sail to America in dinghy

The crew from RNLI Mudeford on their way to rescue the man. Credit: Facebook/RNLI Mudeford

A Bulgarian man - bizarrely armed with a map of Southampton - had to be rescued after trying to sail from Dorset to America in a 14ft dinghy.

The 30-year-old would-be sailor had to be dragged from his vessel by a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew after being told he would die if he carried on.

All the amateur had on board with him was a bag of biscuits, beans and hot dogs.

One of his rescuers Pete Dadds, 41, said: "He didn't have a life jacket, just a buoyancy aid, and the vessel didn't have any lights. We said 'if we leave you, you will die'."

When the man was brought back ashore he had to be cuddled as he was suffering from the first signs of hypothermia.

Mother of one-punch killer: 'It’s not a big deal'

The mother of a thug who killed an autistic man with one punch has dismissed the attack as "not a big deal" according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Andrew Young sustained a serious head injury and later died at Southampton Hospital. Credit: Dorset Police

The newspaper reported that Sherron O’Hagan, mother of Lewis Gill who killed Andrew Young in an unprovoked attack, said the incident would soon be the "lining of chips".

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Mum of one punch victim hits out at killer's sentence

The mother of a man who died after being hit by a single punch has spoken to ITV Meridian about her son's death.

Lewis Gill admitted manslaughter and was jailed for four years after punching and killing Andrew Young, who had Asperger's syndrome.

Mr Young's mother Pamela says she was horrified when she saw CCTV of the incident which led to her son's death.

Grieve looking into sentence for deadly punch

The Attorney General's Office has confirmed it is looking into the four-and-a-half -year sentence given to Lewis Gill, 20, after pleading guilty to manslaughter for a punch that killed a 40-year-old man.

A statement said:

The Attorney General’s Office has received a number of requests to look at the sentence given to Lewis Gill.

If a sentence given in a Crown Court appears to be very low, or unduly lenient, anyone can ask the Attorney General to examine the sentence, within 28 days of sentencing.

This process has now started. We have asked the CPS to send us more information this case.

– Attorney General's Office

Public urged to watch out for landslides in Dorset

Members of the public are being warned to watch out for landslides when out walking in Dorset.

County council emergency planning officer Simon Parker said:

Several people were spotted standing on the edge and at the base of cliffs, as well as climbing over debris on some of Dorset's beaches this weekend.

We cannot stress enough the danger people are putting themselves and rescuers in. As we have seen in the last 48 hours, landslides and rock falls can happen quickly and without warning.

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Strong winds bring flooding risk to Devon and Dorset

Large waves and strong winds are threatening to cause further significant flooding along the Devon and Dorset coasts tomorrow where some communities and defences are vulnerable after this week’s storms.

Portland Beach Road near Weymouth in Dorset saw strong winds and high tides push water inland earlier this week. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Further heavy rainfall is expected starting this evening continuing into Saturday, exacerbating the risks of flooding from rivers and surface water across the south west, central and south east of England.

Chair of the agency Lord Smith said: "This weekend will see no respite in the extreme weather and I urge people especially in southern England to be prepared for further flooding and to sign up to Environment Agency flood warnings.”

Find out more on the Environment Agency website

Flood sirens sound on Dorset coast

A flood siren warning of extreme danger to people and property has sounded in Dorset, as tidal surges and storms batter the coast.

Red marks show the locations of the severe flood warnings still in force Credit: Google Maps

The Environment Agency raised the alarm after the sea breached Chiswell Breach in Portland on Sunday night, following a severe flood warning in the area.

Dorset Police have told families to move to an upstairs room facing away from the sea with flood kits.

Severe flood warnings - the highest level of warning - have also been issued by the Environment Agency for nearby Preston Beach and the Lower Stour in Dorset.

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