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a fortunate sailor and an unfortunate step from cockpit to galley.

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Alan Thompson flew back to Britain and headed to his local

A British yachtsman who was rescued after a bad fall during a solo Atlantic crossing has thanked the people in his local pub who helped raise the alarm.
Alan Thompson, 61, of Chichester, West Sussex, had to abandon his uninsured, new 50,000 yacht in the ocean.
Falmouth coastguard was alerted after he called his local pub for help. The US Coastguard was then contacted to carry out the rescue on Saturday.
The veteran sailor was treated in Connecticut, before flying to Britain.
Speaking from his local, the Bull's Head in Fishbourne, he said: "I took a tumble into the cabin from the cockpit.
"It was just one of those things, but unfortunately caused damage to the nerves in my hip and knee and rendered me disabled without a crew."
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A UK doctor spoke to Mr Thompson via satellite phone while he waited for help, about 690 miles (1,111km) north east of Bermuda.
He prescribed medication which he had on board the 37ft Hunter Legend, called Padolu.
"They said I had two options, wait to see a doctor, or get immediate assistance from a vessel five to six hours away from me.
"I took the latter option because I wasn't prepared to wait that long.
"I needed something to relieve the pain."


Mr Thompson was first thought to have fractured his pelvis, although in hospital it was confirmed it was not broken.
An oil tanker responded to the mayday alert, and two US coastguards were airlifted on to the yacht to help him abandon the sailboat and climb aboard the ship.
Mr Thompson said his yacht was now "bobbing around somewhere in the ocean".
He said: "I'm very sad of course, but I'm a pragmatic seaman and these things happen unfortunately.
"It's made a big hole in my pension fund."
Mr Thompson was trying to bring back his new yacht to teach sailing.
Pub manager Patrick Marshall, 37, said: "He said how nice it was to be back, but it was tinged with sadness because he'd failed in his dream to bring the boat back to the UK.
"I think he's just pleased he has still got his life."


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You gotta love a guy that, when injured, calls the pub for help!

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Sounds like maybe too much scrumpy?
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What the hell is he drinking in that photo? Looks like a piss milkshake!

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But isn't this the wrong time of year to be doing a West-East crossing?

In the UK papers his boat is valued at 17,000 pounds and it was secondhand. Don't you just love reporters!

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Great Plan...buy a Hunter Legend 37' in Florida and for a maiden voyage, single hand her back to England crossing the North Atlantic in January. He's lucky all he hurt was his hip!

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Cam- How do you know it was her maiden voyage?

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I don't think you can underestimate the english and the love of a good pub.
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T34..."How do you know it was her maiden voyage?"

A couple of quotes from the english papers give that impression:
"A spokesman for Falmouth Coastguard said: "He was upset at the fact he was going to have to leave it as you can imagine, after just paying out all that money."

"Mr Pocock said that although his friend had made two previous Atlantic crossings with a crew, he had recommended getting the new yacht shipped back to Britain.
"I can't see him doing anything like this again, it was his last big adventure," Mr Pocock added.


"Alan Thompson, an experienced yachtsman from Chichester in West Sussex, fell and injured his hip after setting sail from a Florida boat dealer to the UK single-handed."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../nyacht113.xml
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article....&in_page_id=34
http://itn.co.uk/news/214fbd8327af12...b27e5d120.html

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What the hell is he drinking in that photo? Looks like a piss milkshake!
Might be Lemonade, hard lemonade, a common and very potent beverage in UK.

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