A man who thought he was sailing along the coast of southern England had to be rescued by emergency services after his motor boat ran out of fuel while repeatedly circling a small island in the River Thames estuary.[Previous TGIS]
The man, who had no nautical guides and only had a roadmap to navigate by, had been trying to sail from Gillingham, about 35 miles east of London, to Southampton on April 19 by following the southern coast of England.
But he ended simply doing laps of the 36-square mile Isle of Sheppey a short distance away in the mouth of the Thames.
Eventually a lifeboat and coastguard were sent to rescue him after he used up all his fuel and ran aground, officials said on Wednesday. He told them he had been trying to navigate by keeping the coastline to his right.
30 April 2010
TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (268)
This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Wednesday, April 28; link good at time of posting):