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How Many Lives Does a Sailor Have? Rescued Again!

By Sailingguide

For the second time in as many years, David Chatburn, a 67-year-old solo sailor attempting to cross the Atlantic to Scotland, had to be rescued by the Coast Guard after running into trouble more than 300 miles offshore. The sailor left from Norfolk and made it more than 300 miles offshore in his 34-foot sailboat before sustaining steering damage in heavy weather and having to call for help. The Coast Guard sent a plane and then a cutter to tow him back him. In 2010 Chatburn had attempted a similar voyage but soon encountered strong winds and gave up, hallucinating, after three days nonstop at the helm without sleep, food, or water. That time he was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter, and his sailboat was later recovered.


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