Swedish man rescued off Richards Bay

2012-04-25 11:00
Cape Town - A Swedish yachtsman has been rescued off Richards Bay after being lost at sea for 80 days, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that Stig Lundvall was rescued by a Greek ship last week after his mast snapped in a heavy storm on January 30.

He was forced to ration his supplies and drifted with the currents using a makeshift mast, until he could release a flare as close to shore as possible.

Speaking from his home in Västerås, he said he had been on a solo voyage to Australia and left Falmouth in the United Kingdom at the beginning of January.

A friend alerted authorities after Lundvall's arrival was a week overdue.

The sailor lost 20kg in the ordeal, dropping to a scrawny 65kg.

Asked if he would ever sail again, he said: "Oh yes. But not long distance. Never again across oceans."

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