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Ban threat to 'Captain Calamity'

Glenn Crawley with Mischief: Pic Nick Irving
The sailor refused RNLI advice to return to harbour after capsizing

A keen yachtsman nicknamed Captain Calamity must pass a sailing test or be banned from going to sea in Cornwall.

Newquay Harbour Master Derek Aunger's decision was made after the RNLI "lost count" of the number of times it had rescued Glenn Crawley.

The most recent rescue was on Sunday when the accident prone sailor capsized his catamaran, named Mischief.

In February 2006, Mr Crawley was rescued four times in four hours. Each launch costs the RNLI 2,000.

On Sunday an RNLI volunteer had to swim out to help Mr Crawley right his Hobie 16 catamaran after members of the public spotted the overturned vessel in Newquay Bay.

This man has been rescued more times than the rest of the club put together
Derek Aunger, Newquay Harbour Master

The yachtsman refused to go back to the harbour and carried on sailing, leading to the lifeboat crew's decision to stay on the scene for 20 minutes to make sure Mr Crawley was at no further risk.

Now the harbour master has said he has had enough and if Mr Crawley does not pass a competence test he will not be allowed to launch the vessel from Newquay harbour.

"I have the power to stop him taking the boat out and we will stop him taking the boat out," Mr Aunger said.

"I don't see there's any other way to deal with this.

"The Newquay Sailing Club has been very tolerant, but that's got to stop because this man has been rescued more times than the rest of the club put together."

However Mr Crawley said he did not need to be rescued and has blamed the public for calling for help when he was not in trouble.

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