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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Disabled sailor saved from storm
Keith White
Keith White's wife said he would want to continue his journey
A disabled yachtsman sailing around the British Isles has been dramatically rescued in seas off the Irish coast.

Keith White, a London man who started his journey from Kent, was being towed to Arranmore off the north-west of the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

A coastguard spokesman reported that Mr White, who only has the use of one arm, managed to right his yacht after it overturned in a force 10 to 11 gale.

He was believed to have suffered slight injuries but has stayed on his boat.

Lost contact

Mr White, from Mottingham in south-east London, set off from Gillingham Marina in Kent in mid-June.

He is travelling around the UK and Ireland to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

He has been sailing since the age of 16 but lost the use of his left arm in a motorbike accident 14 years ago.

Malin Head coastguard launched a search operation on Saturday evening after contact was lost with Mr White's yacht, the Nephele.

Two rescue helicopters, an RAF Nimrod and a lifeboat were all involved in a lengthy rescue operation.

It's getting to the stage now where I just want him to finish it and get home
Kathy White

Mr White's wife Kathy was told that her husband had fallen over and hurt some ribs which he had previously injured.

"It was a full-scale rescue," she told the BBC on Sunday.

"I wasn't worried because the coastguard are so very nice and so reassuring."

She said her husband was a stubborn man but may not be able to carry on with his journey if the Nephele turns out to be too badly damaged.

"It's getting to the stage now where I just want him to finish it and get home," she added.

Mr White was expected to be back safely on land by Sunday evening.


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