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The nonprofit Hampshire lifeboat station in the United Kingdom earned every penny of its donations after rescuing the crew of the wooden sailboat named Humbug — three times in a span of eight days.

The crew of Humbug found themselves fighting against the tide April 4 when they called the Gosport and Fareham Rescue Service to let them know another yacht was towing them into the nearby Haslar marina, according to the local newspaper The Southern Echo. The rescue service works with the lifeboat station managing deployments.

The following day Humbug was back where it started when it got hit by a snowstorm; this time they were towed in by the Hampshire lifeboat station.

Just when they thought the worst was over, seven days later the crew found themselves with a broken 21-foot wooden mast on their way to Southampton April 12. That forced them to once again call the rescue station.

“There was some nice sunshine on Saturday, but there were some serious weather conditions with strong winds and they were up against a few squalls,” says Rescuer Coxswain Chris Rudd.

This situation is reminiscent of the original “Captain Calamity,” Glenn Crawley from Newquay,England, who was banned for rescue by the Newquay Harbormaster Derek Aunger in early April after “losing count” of the number of times Crawley had to be saved from capsizing his 16-foot Dart Catamaran, according to Sail-World.com.

-Elizabeth Ellis