Shipwrecked sailor rows ashore

Contributed by editor on Nov 09, 2004 - 09:25 PM


A German sailor with a broken rib whose yacht  got into trouble in rough seas o­n Tuesday (8 November) rowed to the coast in a dinghy and knocked o­n the door of a house in Greatstone o­n Romney Marsh to ask for help.

The engine of Arthur Friske's yacht broke down in the Channel early o­n Tuesday and he used his dinghy to row to the shore.

Mr Friske, who comes from Auetal, near Hanover chose to row ashore rather than contact the emergency services.

The lucky sailor was taken to hospital with a broken rib and suffering from hyperthermia.

The Dungeness Lifeboat later found the yacht, named Moon Strike, which had run aground o­n the shore.