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British sailor, 70, rescued after three days of fierce hunting for Thailand

British sailor, 70, is rescued after three days of furious hunting in his yacht from Thailand when the engine of his boat lost power

  • Michael Turner, 70, left Friday afternoon from the west coast of Phuket
  • He walked along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island
  • The affected yacht was seen by a passing trawler and towed back

A 70-year-old British sailor was saved off the coast of Thailand after the engine of his yacht fell out in a storm and he spent three days drifting in the sea.

Michael Turner, 70, sailed off the west coast of Phuket on Friday and planned to sail along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island.

But his engine failed and the stormy winds were too strong for him to use his sails.

Three days later he was spotted by a passing trawler as he drifted farther from the land and dragged 40 nautical miles back to the coast.

Mr. Turner said: “I was sailing alone, but then my engine went off and I lingered in the middle of the sea.

Michael Turner, 70, sailed off the west coast of Phuket on Friday and planned to sail along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island

Michael Turner, 70, sailed off the west coast of Phuket on Friday and planned to sail along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island

Michael Turner, 70, thanks the Thai naval officers who dragged him back ashore after three nights

Michael Turner, 70, thanks the Thai naval officers who dragged him back ashore after three nights

Michael Turner, 70, thanks the Thai naval officers who dragged him back ashore after three nights

Michael Turner, 70, sailed off the west coast of Phuket on Friday and planned to sail along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island

Michael Turner, 70, sailed off the west coast of Phuket on Friday and planned to sail along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island

Michael Turner, 70, sailed off the west coast of Phuket on Friday and planned to sail along the coast to Chalong Pier in the southeast of the island

“Fortunately there was a passing supply ship that came in contact with the navy.

“I have now repaired the boat’s engine and will leave when it is ready.”

Michael said he was stranded because he could not repair the engine and the wind was too strong to use the sails. He said he had enough food and water to make him last six days.

Coast guards began towing him back to dry land on Monday at about 11 p.m. and he arrived safely back to Phuket on Tuesday morning at 9.30 p.m.

Vice Admiral Cherngchai Chomcherngpat, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command in Phuket, said the offshore supply ship had noticed the stranded yacht while sailing from Singapore to Malaysia.

He said: “The naval crew began dragging the yacht back to Phuket and reached the coast at 9:30 am.

“The wind was so strong that he couldn’t use the sails to return to the coast.

“Although he had been at sea for three days, he still had enough food and drink to stay in the boat for three more days.”

Thailand’s National Marine Preservation Center praised those involved in the rescue.

They said in a statement: “Anyone who encounters a ship in difficulty must immediately contact the emergency services and the Navy will provide assistance.”

The yacht of Michael Turner is towed back to the coast after three days at sea

The yacht of Michael Turner is towed back to the coast after three days at sea

The yacht of Michael Turner is towed back to the coast after three days at sea

Michael Turner, 70, on his yacht after being towed back to the coast in Thailand

Michael Turner, 70, on his yacht after being towed back to the coast in Thailand

Michael Turner, 70, on his yacht after being towed back to the coast in Thailand

Michael Turner, 70, thanks the Thai naval officers who dragged him back ashore after three nights

Michael Turner, 70, thanks the Thai naval officers who dragged him back ashore after three nights

Michael Turner, 70, thanks the Thai naval officers who dragged him back ashore after three nights

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