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Man 'sailing to America in dinghy' rescued off Dorset coast

A man had to be rescued off the Dorset coast after the 12 foot dinghy he was planning on sailing to America in started to take on water.

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Dinghy man going to US 'only had map of Southampton'

A sailor was rescued five miles off the coast of Dorset last night - after attempting to sail to America in a 14ft dinghy.

The 30-year-old Bulgarian national purchased the £300 boat from Christchurch harbour yesterday before setting off on his voyage.

He was spotted looking seasick in choppy seas at around 5pm by a passing yachtsman, who called the coastguard.

An RNLI lifeboat crew from Mudeford attempted to help the man, who had a US visa on board, but he refused their assistance for 45 minutes.

He was eventually dragged onto the RNLI lifeboat and taken to shore, where police and an ambulance crew were waiting.

The man was not wearing a lifejacket, his boat did not have any lights and the only navigational aid in his possession was a street map of Southampton.

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