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Saturday, 3 June, 2000, 00:58 GMT 01:58 UK
Comic's yacht runs into trouble

Safe after yacht drama: Tony Bullimore and Lenny Henry
TV star Lenny Henry and yachtsman Tony Bullimore needed help from the Royal Navy after their yacht sprang a leak in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The pair set sail for Jamaica 10 days ago on board the 53ft trimaran Nootka.

Two days ago, the boat sprung a leak - letting in two tonnes of water, which Lenny, 40, and his 60-year-old crewmate had to pump out.

Their support vessel, carrying a BBC TV crew, had to tow the crippled trimaran 200 miles to the Azores where the navy vessel HMS Scott hauled the boat out for repairs.

'Good spirits'

After a brief repair job the pair set sail again on Wednesday, though the voyage is now five days behind schedule and has been shortened.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "Neither Lenny nor Tony were in danger at any time and they are both still in good spirits."

BBC viewers will be able to see the drama, as it has been recorded as a video diary which will be screened as Lenny's Big Atlantic Adventure.

Bullimore is used to drama at sea - in 1997 he was famously rescued from his racing yacht five days after it capsized in storms in the Southern Ocean.

Instead of finishing in Montego Bay the voyage will end in Antigua, 900 miles closer.

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