Dutch Fishing Crew Rescue British Man In His Shorts Halfway To France Floating In The Channel

A British kayaker was found clinging to a buoy in the middle of the English Channel after his inflatable kayak sank while attempting to cross from Dover to France, leaving him floating in the ocean for around 48 hours.

The man had reportedly been floating for around 48 hours after his inflatable kayak sank
The man had reportedly been floating for around 48 hours after his inflatable kayak sank

The man, who was found wearing only a pair of swimming shorts, he told authorities that he had set out from Dover trying to reach France.


He was rescued by a Dutch fishing crew that saw him holding onto a buoy halfway between England and France, where he had reportedly been floating for around 48 hours.


The floating man was picked up by the crew of De Madelaine after the captain, Teunis de Boer, noticed the unnamed castaway "waving like a madman".


Mr de Boer said that the man's body temperature was 26C and he was suffering from severe hypothermia - adding that it was a miracle he survived.



The French coastguard dispatched a rescue helicopter that took the man to a hospital in Boulogne.


The French coastguard told Sky News: "This morning, very early in the morning, a fishing vessel reported that a man in his thirties seemed to have taken refuge on the Colbart Nord buoy, located in the middle of the traffic of Pas de Calais.


"The fishing vessel rescued the shipwrecked person and picked him up on board. This man had left the British coast about 48 hours earlier, to try to cross the Channel on an inflatable kayak.


"The castaway is conscious, but his state of health requires rapid treatment."


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