A sailor has been plucked from the English Channel after they drifted “hopelessly” for three days with no power.
Police in Kent said it stumbled upon the floating yacht during a routine patrol of the Port of Dover at 11am on Sunday.
The stricken yacht had failed its unnamed owner, who had no power to radio out so could not raise the alarm.
A spokesman for Kent Police said an "extremely grateful" sailor was returned to the port safely.
"This yacht was found drifting in the Channel with a failed engine and no radio," a spokesman said on Twitter.
The person on board told us he had been drifting hopelessly for 3 days!!
"Kent Marine Unit have towed an extremely grateful sailor and his yacht into the safety of a port."
They added: "Unfortunately, due to his engine failing, he had no power to his radio."
Police said the desperate sailor had his sails up, but there "was hardly a breath of wind" to help him.
The rescued yachtsman was "totally fine, and in good spirits", Kent Police said, as they added that he has "got some repairs to get sorted now, though".
Miraculously, no injuries were reported and the boat was towed to the Port of Dover.
No coronavirus restrictions had been breached by the sailor as he lives on the yacht, police wrote on Twitter.
It comes after a missing sailor was found alive, 86 miles from land, clinging to the capsized hull of his vessel.
Stuart Bee was spotted by a crew off Cape Canaveral, Florida, after two days of being stranded at sea.
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