British man, 28, is rescued in his suitcase by fishermen after surviving ‘DAYS’ clinging to a buoy in the sea – eating seaweed and mussels – when his kayak tipped over as he tried to cross the English Channel to France
- A British kayaker was rescued today by Dutch fishermen in the English Channel
- He tried to travel from Dover to France but capsized and clung to a buoy
- The man, 28, survived by eating mussels, seaweed and crabs for ‘days’
- He reportedly had severe hypothermia when he was rescued this morning
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A British man whose kayak capsized crossing the English Channel into France was rescued this morning after fishermen clung to a buoy for his life.
The paddler, 28, miraculously survived for about 48 hours in the middle of the sea, eating seaweed and mussels alone, reports said, after he set sail from Dover and ran into trouble on the dangerous shipping route.
He was found when skipper Teunis de Boer – of shipping company T. de Boer en Zonen – was sailing between England and France this morning when he saw something in the water.
The captain wanted to make sure they didn’t get too close to the buoy when he saw “something crazy moving” nearby, he told local media.
A British man whose kayak capsized crossing the Channel to France was rescued this morning after fishermen clung to a buoy for his life.
He was rescued by a group of fishermen from the Netherlands in the Channel before being flown by the French Coast Guard to a French hospital
Dutch fisherman Teunis de Boer grabbed a pair of binoculars and saw the exhausted and saddened Briton, wearing only swimming trunks, ‘wave at us like crazy’
British kayaker (pictured), 28, reportedly suffered severe hypothermia when brought aboard the Dutch fishing boat today
After being brought on board, the exhausted British paddler (pictured) was offered some water and a Snickers chocolate bar
De Boer picked up a pair of binoculars and was surprised to see the exhausted and saddened Briton wearing only a swimming trunks ‘wave at us like crazy’, according to De Boer. The Telegraph.
Despite the choppy weather, the crew worked quickly to save him by sailing up to him and throwing a rescue ring into the water. The man managed to use his last bit of strength to reach out so they could take him to the boat.
He reportedly suffered severe hypothermia when brought on board today, with a body temperature of just 26C, The Urkland reports, which could have been fatal.
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The Briton was also bruised, dehydrated and his eyes were ‘very deep in his sockets’. “It is a miracle that he survived,” said skipper De Boer.
The heroic crew then offered the exhausted man a Snickers chocolate bar, who told him that he had gone kayaking from Dover to France but that his boat had capsized, leaving him with the only option to cling to the floating buoy.
Authorities believe he spent about 48 hours in the water and on the buoy, French authorities said NOS.
The man has reportedly been taken to hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer and is in intensive care. He could talk, but is in a ‘bad condition’.
It is not known exactly how long ago he capsized in the inflatable kayak.
He was extremely lucky to be found as the crew initially had no intention of catching fish in the area but went sailing after this morning’s catch turned out to be ‘disappointing’.
De Madelaine’s crew then wrapped him in blankets and called the French Coast Guard
The French Coast Guard then took him by helicopter to a hospital in France for treatment
De Madelaine’s crew then wrapped him in blankets and called the French Coast Guard.
Although he was unable to express his gratitude in words due to lack of energy, he made heart signs with his hands to thank the crew.
The French Coast Guard then took him by helicopter to a hospital in France for treatment.
The British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said they were not asked for consular assistance in this case, but were willing to support the British kayaker if asked.
The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, with over 400 merchant ships passing through every day. The authorities strongly warn against crossing in a vessel that is not suitable for the dangerous conditions.