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Disaster-prone sailor arrested after 10th rescue operation in a month
10:11am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A DISASTER-prone sailor has been arrested after he sparked a 10th rescue operation in a month.
Tim Freeman, 24, was detained close to where he had run his 24ft yacht aground on the beach at Studland.
It is thought Mr Freeman’s calamitous solo voyages have cost lifeboat and Coastguard rescuers £20,000.
Before the latest rescue on Thursday he had triggered nine emergency callouts in the space of a month.
After he was rescued five times in a week by the RNLI off the Sussex coast, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency impounded his 21ft yacht for safety reasons. But Mr Freeman then bought a slightly bigger vessel called Reginald in Plymouth.
The Sidmouth lifeboat was called out after he was seen attempting to run the yacht aground.
He then sailed to Swanage, where the lifeboat was called out twice – once for drifting dangerously close to the shoreline and then after he fouled his propeller with a rope.
Mr Freeman, from East Sussex, then ran the yacht aground again after getting lost and turning down a shallow channel in Poole Harbour.
Despite coastguard appeals for him to stick to dry land, the seaman left Wareham Quay on Thursday and ran aground at Knoll Beach, Studland. He was arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police in connection with an allegation that he failed to attend a court appearance in Leamington Spa to answer charges of assault.
A spokeswoman for Portland Coastguard said: “The police called us to say they had received a call from a member of the public about a boat that had run around.
“When Swanage coastguards arrived he was not there, but the police received another call about the man in a different area and put two and two together.”