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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 20:07 GMT 21:07 UK
Rescued woman reunited with pop star
Karen and Simon were reunited in Belfast
Karen and Simon were reunited in Belfast
A Northern Ireland woman has been reunited with the pop star who saved her life almost 20 years ago.

Karen McCracken was rescued by Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon in his boat 'Drum' in the Atlantic Ocean.

Karen, 47, met Simon ahead of the band's concert in Belfast on Wednesday night which kicked off their latest tour.

Karen, from Ballywalter in County Down, was guest of honour at the Odyssey Arena concert.

Simon was on a yacht with his wife off the coast of Venezuela 17 years ago when he heard Karen's Mayday.

Her family including her young son Richard were on their way to Belize to start a new life when their boat was blown onto a reef in a storm.

"We had to wade through the coral at the end to get to them," said Simon.

"They were very pleased to see us - they were very pleased.

"I am glad that she is alive and didn't get swallowed up by the sea - it's a very scary thing."

Karen said the reunion brought back memories of the ordeal.
Simon was on a yacht with his wife off the coast of Venezuela
Simon was on a yacht with his wife off the coast of Venezuela

"Everyone was speaking Spanish and this lovely voice said: 'Drum - Simon Le Bon'. He really was very good.

"He kept talking to us during the night. We didn't know where we were at this stage - our satellite navigation had packed in."

Karen said she was a fan of the band before the boating incident.

She and her family were given backstage passes for the Belfast concert.




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BBC NI's Conor Macauley:
"Karen said the reunion brought back memories of the ordeal"



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