Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Friday, January 8, 1999 Published at 13:54 GMT


UK Politics

Dan Blair to the rescue

New Labour's a life-saver

Prime Minister Tony Blair dashed to the rescue of a Danish tourist found drowning a mile off the Seychelles during his holiday.

The swimmer was picked up by Mr Blair's dinghy, after the prime minister and his bodyguard saw the unnamed man being swept out to sea.


Skipper Gerard Mussard tells of the prime minister's adventures
But the swimmer may not realise how lucky he was. The man, who has not been named, was only rescued by the prime minister after Mr Blair discovered his mobile phone would not work from the beach.

Mr Blair and his bodyguard took to the waves hoping to get a better signal.


[ image: Mandelson, one man's loss is another man's gain]
Mandelson, one man's loss is another man's gain
It is believed Mr Blair was using the satellite phone to put the final touches to the mini re-shuffle forced on the government by the double resignations in December of former Trade Secretary Peter Mandelson and former Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson.

So, unlikely as it may seem, the home loan row which cost Mr Blair his right-hand man in the Cabinet, Peter Mandelson, turned out to be a life-saver.

The holiday-maker was a mile offshore when he got into difficulties. But he did not need to be revived after being pulled on to Mr Blair's dinghy and did not require hospital treatment.

The skipper of the dinghy Gerard Mussard described Mr Blair's adventures saying: "We were in the dingy and just out of the blue we saw a guy waving and Mr Blair said to Bill, [the prime minister's bodyguard] 'Let's see what's happening with that guy' and he said he needed help."

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme ,Mr Mussard said the prime minister helped the man onboard with "no problem".

He added that because of the strong current, "if we didn't help, he would have been in trouble".

Mr Mussard said the tourist, thought to be a business man, had no idea that his life was saved by the head of the UK Government until he was safely back on dry land.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


UK Politics Contents

A-Z of Parliament
Talking Politics
Vote 2001

Relevant Stories

08 Jan 99 | Africa
Blairs moved by Aids victim's plight

08 Jan 99 | Africa
Violence fears as Blair visits Cape Town





In this section

Livingstone hits back

Catholic monarchy ban 'to continue'

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Straw on trial over jury reform

Blairs' surprise over baby

Conceived by a spin doctor?

Baby cynics question timing

Blair in new attack on Livingstone

Week in Westminster

Chris Smith answers your questions

Reid quits PR job

Children take over the Assembly

Two sword lengths

Industry misses new trains target