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Ambitious sailor 'would have died' trying to sail to US

One of the crewmen who rescued a sailor three miles off the coast of Dorset has said he could have died. The man, who is from Bulgaria was trying to sail to America in a 12ft dinghy.

When we reached the gentleman he didn't want us there, he wanted to carry on his way. His boat was not properly rigged so he was just getting battered, he was at the mercy of the elements. He didn't have a life-jacket, just a buoyancy aid and the vessel didn't have any lights.

All he had on was a bag of personal belongings which were a few odds and ends, a bag of biscuits, beans and hot dogs and a bag with his passport in.

He was obviously suffering from the first signs of hypothermia. He was only wearing a pack-a-mac jacket and leggings. He was absolutely sodden.

I ended up cuddling him at the back of the boat to keep him warm. He would have died, he was severely sea sick, he had the first signs of hypothermia and his boat was filling up with water.

– Pete Dadds, RNLI lifeboat crewman


Prime Minister visits Kemble Airfield

Prime Minister
David Cameron at Kemble Airfield this morning Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister has visited a Gloucestershire Airfield at the centre of the country's humatitarian aid mission to Iraq.

Thousands of packages containing food and clothes are being airlifted out of Cotswold Airport in Kemble and dropped over Northern Iraq. After visiting the UK Disaster Response Centre David Cameron held an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss what more can be done to do help those suffering.

David Cameron at Kemble
The Prime minister discusses relief work at Kemble Credit: ITV News

Hunt for attacker in Bristol assault

Victim of Bristol assault
The victim suffered facial injuries and needed 12 stitches Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are looking for witnesses to an assault in Bristol city centre at 4pm on Wednesday last week.

A 27-year-old woman was assaulted in Brigstock Road at its junction with Argyle Road. A man punched the woman in the face and then walked away.

The victim required hospital treatment for a facial injury, which left her with a black eye and 12 stitches above her left eye.

First World War exhibit opens at Wells & Mendip Museum

First World War exhibit opens at Wells & Mendip Museum
First World War exhibit opens at Wells & Mendip Museum Credit: Mel Longhurst/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

An exhibition to mark the start of the Centenary of the First World War is being opened at the Wells and Mendip Museum today. "Wells Remembers" will be made up of city archives, weapons, uniforms and artefacts that have been lent to the project. Visitors will also get to experience the sights and sounds of the trenches and discover the stories of individuals from Wells and the surrounding villages.

A second exhibition will take place at the Wells Town Hall.

“We are very excited to be opening this exhibition, which has been created by volunteers and a genuine community partnership. The stories being told are fascinating, engaging and moving – and more stories are emerging each week from the research being carried out and through members of the community coming forward with letters and memories. We want people to get involved – not just by visiting the exhibition but by attending events and sharing their families’ experiences.”

– Martin Grass, the Chairman of the Wells and Mendip Museum,


2 minutes silence held at Bristol supermarket

2 minutes silence held at Bristol supermarket
2 minutes silence held at Bristol supermarket Credit: ITV News West Country

A supermarket in Bristol held a two minute silence this morning to remember those who lost their lives during the first World War. Checkouts came to a halt and shoppers stopped for a moment of reflection at Asda in Bedminster. A short service was held with members of the Royal British Legion and the Merchant Navy.

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