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Rescue me … again

Liverpool Coastguard receives a distress call from sailing duo twice in same night

Sept. 27 —
Two men from Warrington, Cheshire, in England, were out for a spin Sept. 22 in their 48-foot catamaran, Hejira, when their pumps failed and the boat started leaking diesel, according to an article in the community paper The News & Star.

They radioed a distress call to the Liverpool Coastguard at 4:15 p.m., which towed the sinking cat into Whitehaven Harbor after 9 p.m. The water was pumped out of Hejira, and the men decided to go back out, according to The News & Star. However, the Liverpool Coastguard received a second distress call that same night. Sure enough, the damaged cat again had to be brought back to the harbor.

A similar case has been recurring with a British man the local Coastguard simply calls “Captain Calamity.” He has been the cause of repeated rescue missions while sailing his catamaran, Mischief, according to an article on Most recently, in August the Royal National Lifeboat Institution fished him out of the waters of Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

“We have lost count of the times we have launched [towed] this chap and his boat,” says Gareth Horner, RNLI lifeboat operations manager at Newquay, on “He was sailing in poor conditions at the limits of high water on a lee shore. This is asking for trouble.”

Unlike here in the United States, the British Coastguard consists of independent organizations, such as the RNLI, which recruits volunteers for missions and obtains funding through private and corporate sponsorships, as well as annual fundraisers. For more information, visit

— Elizabeth Ellis