A British man whose kayak capsized while crossing the English Channel to France was rescued this morning after fishermen discovered him clinging to a buoy for dear life.
The paddler, 28, had been surviving ‘for days’ in the middle of the sea solely on seaweed and mussels.
The crew of the cutter ship ‘De Madelaine’ from Urk, Netherlands, rescued the English kayaker from the Channel at around 11 a.m. this morning, according to Dutch media.
Skipper Teunis de Boer was sailing between England and France this morning when he noticed something.
When he’saw something crazy moving’ near the buoy, Mr De Boer wanted to make sure they didn’t get too close.
According to De Telegraaf, he grabbed a pair of binoculars and saw the exhausted and distressed Briton wearing only a pair of swimming trunks ‘waving at us like a madman’.
Despite the rough seas, the crew worked quickly to save him by sailing towards him and tossing a lifebuoy into the water.
The man managed to reach out with his last bit of strength, allowing them to bring him to the boat.
He was suffering from hypothermia when he was brought aboard, with a body temperature of only 26 degrees Celsius, according to Het Urkerland.
The heroic crew then provided the exhausted man with