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Stricken sailor rescued during boat trip for elderly
A stricken sailor was rescued by a boat carrying elderly people on a day out.
MV Freedom was taking residents from Dorset Residential Homes's Kirtleton Avenue centre on a trip from Weymouth harbour at midday today when workers spotted a man struggling in a dinghy.
He was left stranded for 20 minutes before waving for help and catching the attention of MV Freedom.
Becky Matthews, activity co-ordinator for Dorset Residential Homes said: “We saw a man waving for help and workers on the boat rushed to rescue him.
“They were brilliant and towed the man back to safety - efforts like this must make all the difference when people get into trouble.”
A spokesperson from Portland Coastguard said: “Boats help each other out when they can but we want to thank the boat for keeping a sharp eye out while on their trip.”
Boat skipper Paul Stevens, 62, along with boat workers Chris and Andy, helped the man on board the MV Freedom before towing his dinghy back to Portland marina.
He said: “We come across things like this regularly but are always happy to help people out. Portland coastguards also thanked us for our efforts which is always nice to hear.”
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