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Calamity Yachtsman arrested after 10th rescue

Tim FreemanA british man who went sailing with little training or qualifications has been arrested following a 10th rescue operation in a month.  (Full story: Bournemouth Echo).

Tim Freeman, 24, was arrested on unrelated charges close to where he had ran his 24ft yacht aground at the beach at Studland (Picture, left)

Mr Freeman's calamitous solo voyages have probably cost lifeboat and Coastguard rescuers around £20,000.

He was rescued five times in a week by the Lifeboat off the Sussex coast, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency impounded his 21ft yacht for safety reasons.

 But he then bought a slightly bigger vessel in Plymouth and set sail again.

The Sidmouth lifeboat was then 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 when he drifted dangerously close to the shoreline and again 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, he left Wareham Quay on Thursday and ran aground on Knoll Beach, Studland. He was later arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police in connection with an allegation that he failed to have attended a court appearance in Leamington Spa to answer charges of assault.

Ian Brown, of the Swanage coastguard, commented: "To have to be rescued at sea once is unfortunate, twice is very unfortunate and any more than that it is time to think about giving up sailing before yours and others lives are put at risk.”

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